Geographically Challenged Biker Wreaks Havoc in Key Largo on a Purple Motorcycle UPDATED
Wednesday evening, a cop in Key Largo saw two motorcycles whiz by on Overseas Highway at more than 100 mph. The cop, Dep. Brian Cross, decided it was too dangerous to pursue the two bikes, so he radioed an alert instead. Half an hour later, one of the motorcyclists attracted attention again -- by crashing his purple bike through a gate at the Ocean Reef Club, an exclusive Key Largo community with its own airport and golf course.
According to police reports, Jorge Gabrie, the 27-year-old driver of the purple motorcycle, pulled up to the community gate and was told by a security guard that he wasn't allowed to enter the property.
Then Gabrie said, "Fuck this -- I'm going home," and drove through anyway, breaking off part of the gate.
He roared through Ocean Reef, a 25 mph zone, around 65 mph and nearly crashed into a moving golf cart before stopping ten feet in front of another police car. While he was being arrested, Gabrie asked repeatedly if he could call his motorcyclist friend, whom he said was a cop, and then said, "I'm in Key Biscayne, right?" He also mentioned that he was a technician for Apple and that he had to work the next day.
While Gabrie was under arrest, the other motorcyclist, Alfredo Lomando, also arrived at Ocean Reef. The security guard told him there was another incident going on with a motorcycle inside the property and that Lomando could enter only to turn his bike around. But when the officer opened the gate to let the bike turn around, Lomando kept going -- and was also promptly arrested. Both men smelled faintly of alcohol, the report said, and Gabrie admitted he had been drinking in Islamorada earlier in the day, but police determined neither man was drunk when they gate-crashed Ocean Reef.
Gabrie was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving damaged property, reckless driving, violating his driver's license restrictions, criminal mischief, and trespassing. Lomando was charged with trespassing. Both men were taken to Plantation Key jail, and their bikes were towed. It's unclear if Gabrie made it to work. (Editor's note: The case against Lomando was not prosecuted after he "completed all conditions of the Pre-Trial Intervention Agreement," according to a letter from Assistant State Attorney Luke Bovill. In January 2015, the case record was expunged.)
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