Rapid ID scanner nabs 'America's Most Wanted' fugitive

June 18, 2013 

Trooper William Craig from the Florida Highway Patrol’s Troop D in Brevard County stopped a driver on State Road 528 June 12 for an alleged violation of Florida’s Move Over Law, which led to the arrest of a child pornography suspect.

FHP reported the nervous driver provided a false name to the trooper.

Using Rapid ID, a handheld fingerprint scanner, the trooper positively identified and arrested Brett David Bowyer, who was wanted in West Virginia for child pornography.

Bowyer has been listed on the TV show, "America’s Most Wanted," as a fugitive from West Virginia. He was a high school counselor in Princeton, W. Va., when arrested Sept. 17, 2010. He failed to appear in court for sentencing and has been on the run ever since.

America’s Most Wanted aired his story Sept. 14, 2012.

The dash cam video of the traffic stop is available at http://www.flhsmv.gov/HSMVvideos.htm.

Florida law requires motorists, whenever they observe an authorized emergency vehicle or a wrecker parked roadside with flashing emergency lights, to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or wrecker when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle.

If such movement cannot be accomplished safely, or when traveling on a two-lane roadway, the driver must slow down to a speed of 20 mph less than the posted speed limit.

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