Deputy injured after being struck by fleeing motorcycle


At approximately 5:52pm, Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Adamson was patrolling an uncompleted subdivision which had been abandoned near the 9900 block of U.S. 1.  Deputy Adamson was on foot when he observed two subjects, a male driver and female passenger, on a motorcycle.  They attempted to flee from Deputy Adamson who motioned with his hand and gave the driver a verbal order to stop.  The driver sped passed the deputy, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground.

A vehicle description was given to on-duty units via the law enforcement radio. At approximately, 6:06pm, an officer with the Fellsmere Police Department saw the suspect vehicle on County Road 512 at 108th Avenue.  A traffic stop was attempted but the suspect fled and headed south on I-95. Units from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office joined the Fellsmere officer and followed the fleeing motorcycle into St. Lucie County. Once our agency’s helicopter was able to locate and follow the suspect, who had reached speeds of 130mph, ground units terminated their pursuit.  Our pilots maintained observation of the suspect and relayed location information to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 6:22pm, the suspect ceased his efforts to flee near Indrio Road and Kings Highway and was apprehended by the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. The driver and passenger are being questioned by detectives as of this media release.  Any arrests will take place in Saint Lucie County.  

Deputy Adamson, a 22-year law enforcement veteran, sustained an injury to his hand and head. He is being treated at a local hospital.

Video of the fleeing suspect taken from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office helicopter is to be posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page soon. Additional video may be available on Monday afternoon.

Further information including the identities of the driver and passenger will be released when available.  


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