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Florida man who left country after 2017 DUI crash that killed passenger has been arrested, authorities say

Posted at 2:16 PM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 02:45:23-05

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested Friday night at the Miami airport for a DUI manslaughter charge from 2017, according to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say 23-year-old Samuel Tucker was driving over 100 miles-per-hour on June 24, 2017 when he ran off the road. The vehicle knocked down a power pole, a chain link fence and overturned four times, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Tucker was seriously injured and his passenger, 22-year-old Alyssa Kay Vice, was killed.

Florida Highway Patrol determined Tucker's blood alcohol was twice the legal limit at the time of the accident.

He was driving the vehicle, a 2017 Maserati Ghibli, at 140 mph shortly before the crash. It was still going 127 mph when it hit the power pole, which authorities say was 200 feet away from where the vehicle left the road.

Tucker left the county following the crash and went to Ireland to avoid trial, according to the Irish Times. While there he claimed his life was at risk if he were to be extradited back to the United States.