Semi stolen, left abandoned on Florida Turnpike in Stuart; suspect identified as Michael Soea

STUART, Fla. - A man suspected of stealing a tractor trailer, then abandoning the big rig, has been caught according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies said the driver fled after being stopped on the Florida Turnpike by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Deputies searched an area along Martin Highway near the Turnpike and then set up a perimeter at High Meadows Boulevard.

Eventually a deputy tracked down the suspect identified as 38-year old Michael Soea of West Palm Beach.

The sheriff's office said Soea stole the rig from Polk County.

It said Soea was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.


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