Man Stopped for Speeding Hides in Trunk, Had Police Searching: Authorities

Maximilian Andrew Schroeder, 28, had police confused after the car they stopped appeared to be empty.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013  |  Updated 3:23 PM EDT
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Man Stopped for Speeding Hides in Trunk Repeatedly: Cops

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Maximilian Andrew Schroeder

A man was arrested after he repeatedly fled from police during traffic stops and hid in his trunk until he was finally found, authorities said.

On Sunday, Maximilian Andrew Schroeder, 28, had police confused after the car they stopped appeared to be empty, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

The first time, a Highland Beach Police officer stopped the red Mitsubishi because it was going 57 mph in a 35 mph zone, the report said.

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When the officer came to check on the car, there appeared to be no one inside. Police checked the area but didn’t find anyone.

Schroeder took off again, but he was found in a nearby parking lot. He fled in the car again and an an officer pursued. Then Schroeder stopped and hid in the trunk for a second time.

When police approached the car, again, they couldn’t find anyone, according to the report.

Police searched the area, but were unable to find the person responsible.

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Then the car took off again and parked in the middle of the parking lot, the report said.

Officers went up to the car and again, it was empty.

Finally, two officers saw something moving and found Schroeder hiding in the trunk of his car, according to the report.

He was taken out of the trunk and arrested. Schroeder faces charges of fleeing and marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday after a $3,000 bail, the report said.

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