Man busted with cocaine, gun while riding go-kart in Florida

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Man busted with cocaine, gun while riding go-kart in Florida

The handgun that was found near Sanchez's vehicle.
The handgun that was found near Sanchez’s vehicle.
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Offic

A man riding a go-kart on the streets of a Florida city was busted in his tiny ride with a gun and a big bag of cocaine, deputies said.

Miguel Angel Sanchez, 21, was spotted illegally driving a go-kart in Fort Pierce late Monday by a deputy, setting off a brief chase, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

“When the deputies tried to stop Mr. Sanchez, the game was on,” department officials said in a playful statement invoking Nintendo’s classic Mario Kart video game series. “Sanchez threw a backpack from his racer, bent a few corners and then ditched the cart, running away on foot.”

Deputies soon cornered Sanchez and took him into custody. A police K-9 then discovered a handgun near his abandoned ride, as well as a backpack he tossed away that had more than 15 grams of cocaine inside, department officials said.

A bag of cocaine that was found inside of a backpack that Sanchez had tossed.
A bag of cocaine that was found inside of a backpack that Sanchez had tossed.
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Offic

Sanchez remained in custody Wednesday on $11,750 bond at St. Lucie County Jail on charges of eluding law enforcement, resisting arrest without violence, destroying evidence and possession of cocaine, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.

A message seeking additional details on Sanchez’s go-kart from St. Lucie deputies was not immediately returned Wednesday. But the department seemingly poked fun at the unusual arrest.

“Last night, while most people were playing Mario Kart on their Nintendo, 21-year-old Miguel Angel Sanchez decided he would take the game to the streets of Fort Pierce,” a statement announcing his arrest read. “Oh, did we mention it’s illegal to burn rubbed on a public street in a go-cart?”

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