Deputies: Man took backhoe joyride on Florida's 7 Mile Bridge

- Officials say a 59-year-old man took a backhoe on a joyride across the famous Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, dumping boulders onto the road along the way.

Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin says in a news release that Carl Blahnik damaged the roadway early Tuesday while driving along it for 90 minutes.

"Blahnik damaged the roadway and the sides of the bridge with the backhoe as he recklessly traveled first southbound, then northbound changing directions several times," Herrin wrote.

She says deputies following him reversed direction several times to keep from being hit by the backhoe but eventually left the bridge for safety.

She says that when Blahnik left the bridge, he hit spikes deputies had placed on the road. He faces charges and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Herrin doesn't say whether he has a lawyer.

Traffic was allowed back on the bridge after 3 a.m.

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Deputies: Man took backhoe joyride on Florida's 7 Mile Bridge
  • Authorities say motive in deputies' murders may never be known
  • Hungry beachgoer: Bobcat prowls Cocoa Beach
  • Sheriff's office: One injured in shooting at a Marion County high school
  • Two Gilchrist County deputies killed in restaurant ambush
  • Democratic candidates for governor square off
  • Rare manatee sighting in deep waters of Florida Keys
  • Veteran's therapy dog missing following car crash
  • Publix recalls eggs over salmonella concerns, affected by nationwide recall
  • Target expands drive-up services across Florida