MIAMI (AP) - A man convicted in a fiery alcohol-related crash that severely injured a Florida state trooper has been captured after 10 years as a fugitive.
U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Barry Golden says Panamanian authorities arrested Samuel Silva last week. Silva was flown Monday to South Florida.
Silva was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for the crash that seriously burned the trooper. Authorities say the trooper was conducting an Interstate 95 traffic stop in April 1998 when Silva's vehicle slammed into her cruiser, causing its gas tank to explode.
Silva never showed up for prison in 2004 to begin doing time for driving under the influence and causing injury convictions. Besides Panama, authorities say he was also tracked to Puerto Rico, Spain, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
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