The man arrested in Venice earlier this year for leading authorities on a chase in a stolen van and U-Haul trailer now is facing charges in Charlotte County, where he stole the vehicle from, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Steven Douglas Berkey Jr., 27, of Orlando, was staying at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Port Charlotte with two co-workers the night of Jan. 9. Berkey — whose occupation is listed on his booking sheet as “laborer” — was nowhere to be found when his co-workers woke up around 8 the next morning, and their company work van and U-Haul trailer were missing.
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