COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A motorcyclist who went through a high speed tear through Collier County has been identified, and now Crime Stoppers needs your help tracking him down.
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, 23-year-old Jeffrey Arthur Perkins was on his motorcycle northbound on Collier Boulevard around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, when deputies noticed him driving at excessive speeds of roughly 70 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. When a deputy turned around to follow the motorcycle, he found the young man weaving in and out of traffic, putting numerous motorists in harm’s way. On the motorcycle with Perkins was a rider with a bright green shirt, black backpack, and no helmet. Realizing he was about to be pulled over, Perkins raced to even higher speeds, at which point the deputy activated his emergency sirens. In an effort to elude arrest, Perkins continued his dangerous trek down Immokalee Road, still dangerously driving through traffic at speeds ranging from 60 miles an hour up to 125 miles per hour, showing a blatant disregard for his own safety, his passengers safety, and that of any motorist on the road.
During the pursuit, Perkins eventually turned south onto Rock Road, which is an unpaved/gravel road. His speed, according to deputies, topped out at roughly 60 miles an hour in the 25 mile per hour residential area. Perkins quickly ditched deputies, and his motorcycle, which was found shortly thereafter in tall grass at the dead end of Shady Lane. The motorcycle was traced back to Perkins, whom the first responding deputy was able to visually identify as the driver in question.
After responding to his last known location, deputies discovered that Perkins had abandoned that residence, and left no forwarding address. The public’s help is now needed tracking Perkins down. Upon his arrest, he’ll face felony charges of fleeing and eluding police, as well as a misdemeanor for the bike not being properly endorsed.
Perkins has one previous arrest in Collier County in 2009 for robbery by sudden snatching, for which he spent just over 10 months in jail.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jeffrey Perkins is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.