Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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After a seven-year search, troopers arrest DUI manslaughter suspect

FORT MEADE — Florida Highway Patrol troopers located a fugitive wanted for DUI manslaughter in Polk County Wednesday, wrapping up a seven-year long search.

Troopers arrested Bartley Joseph Jude Gorman 27, at Hammock Lake RV Park around 11 a.m. on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, DUI property damage, leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, and possession of fraudulent identification. Catherine Ann Gallagher, 27, was also arrested for harboring a fugitive, according to a media release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

On March 23, 2011, Gorman was driving westbound in a red Dodge Ram pick-up truck on I-75 near the 31 milepost when he struck the rear of a silver Toyota 4Runner.

The collision sent the driver veering into a canal. The driver and passenger survived the crash, but the passenger, Yvon Pierre, couldn’t swim and drowned.

Gorman left the scene of the crash. Later, a Broward County Sheriff’s Office helicopter found him lying on the grass and a blood sample was taken, said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins. Gorman was not taken into custody at the time.

After a toxicology report came back showing a blood alcohol level of 0.18, an arrest warrant was issued.

"He took off into the wind and he has been gone until today," Gaskins said.

Since fleeing South Florida after 2011, Gorman concealed his identity by using fraudulent drivers licenses. He is being held in the Polk County Jail.

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