Fla. trooper's routine stop leads to big arrest

Fla. trooper's routine stop leads to big arrest of man featured on America's Most Wanted

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A man featured on America's Most Wanted is busted in Brevard County, and it's all thanks to an alert trooper and a fingerprint.

On Wednesday morning, Florida Highway trooper William Craig pulled over a 1995 Pontiac. The driver had just passed a Brevard County deputy in his cruiser on the side of State Road 528.

"The trooper noticed a vehicle that had not moved over, which is required under Florida law in the "Move Over Act," said FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes.

Sgt. Montes said the trooper asked for the driver's license, but the man said he didn't have it. Trooper Craig asked the man for his name. The trooper went back to his cruiser to check out the information, however, the car's tag didn't belong to that car, and there was no record of the name the driver gave the trooper.

"The trooper knew something was up," said Sgt. Montes.
Trooper Craig ran the man's fingerprints using the Rapid ID system. Craig identified the driver as Brett David Bowyer, a man wanted out of West Virginia on child pornography charges. Moments later, Trooper Craig arrested Bowyer for resisting without violence, i.e. providing a false name.

Bowyer was placed in the back of the cruiser, and tried to escape again, but this time, there was no way out.

"I think for anybody who kind of questions how important traffic enforcement is," said Sgt. Montes. "This just shows that a traffic stop for a traffic violation can lead to something bigger."


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