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Florida man accused of speeding at 100 mph cited 'business' at the Ritz-Carlton, report says

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A Florida man who allegedly was caught racing up to 100 mph through a crash site told police during his arrest that he had “business” to take care of at a Ritz-Carlton hotel, a report says. 

Joshua Gaukhman, a 24-year-old from Nokomis, is now staying at a place less glamorous ‒ the Sarasota County Jail ‒ as he faces six counts of aggravated assault on officer/firefighter/EMT and other drug-related charges. 

“I have business to do,” Gaukhman was quoted as telling officers late Sunday during his arrest in Sarasota, according to the Venice Gondolier Sun newspaper, citing a probable cause affidavit. The document added that Gaukhman, who was only wearing “an undershirt, boxer-briefs and one sock”, said he had left his home to go to a Ritz-Carlton hotel.  

Joshua Gaukhman also made 'sexually suggestive noises' while speaking with law enforcement, police allege. (Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

Joshua Gaukhman also made ‘sexually suggestive noises’ while speaking with law enforcement, police allege. (Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)

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Police reportedly said they were at the scene of a “serious crash” that had knocked down a power line when they noticed a car with the vanity plate “THEBMW” racing around “a barricade of cones and marked patrol vehicle with lights activated.” 

“The vehicle accelerated to an estimated 95-100 miles per hour in a posted 45 mile per hour zone,” the affidavit said, according to the Venice Gondolier Sun. 

Officers who then pulled over Gaukhman found a baggie of cocaine inside his car in plain view, the document alleged.  

“The defendant would continually grunt and make sexually suggestive noises at me while I was speaking with him,” the police affidavit reportedly added. 

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Gaukhman previously was arrested for reckless driving in 2014, the Venice Gondolier Sun reported. 

He is being held on a $5,000 bond for each aggravated assault charge and lesser amounts for the others. 

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