Truck Drivers Protest Caused Nightmare on Okeechobee Road

Two truck drivers were arrested Tuesday following a protest in downtown Tallahassee. The protests spilled over into Medley, leading to traffic problems throughout the evening.

The Florida Highway Patrol said it monitored the CDL911 convoy's planned routes for Tuesday.

During the convoy, FHP said two drivers were arrested in Leon County for resisting arrest without violence: Javier Figueroa and Magdiel Millar.

Figueroa was arrested by FHP for blocking an intersection and Millar was arrested by Leon County Sheriff's deputies for impeding the arrest of Figueroa.

Following the arrests, Miami truck drivers protested on Okeechobee Road, west of the Palmetto Expressway Tuesday evening. The scene was causing a traffic mess on Okeechobee northbound between the Palmetto and 103rd Street.

FHP tried to clear the protesters from the roadway to allow traffic through the area, but they refused to leave. The truckers agreed to stand in the median but Okeechobee remained closed Tuesday night. Traffic appeared to be back to normal Wednesday morning.

One man was arrested for battery on a police officer, FHP said. He was later identified as Luis E. Calderon Martinez.

Martinez was being held on $10,000 bond Wednesday, Miami-Dade jail records showed. It was unclear if he's hired an attorney.

The protests come amid what the drivers are calling unfair labor practices. They claim low pay and high fees.

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