Motorcyclist hits deputy, caught after 130 mph chase

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy was injured after a motorcyclist struck him while fleeing an uncompleted subdivision Sunday evening. The motorcyclist then led authorities on a high-speed chase into St. Lucie County.

Image pulled from IRC helicopter footage posted to Sheriff’s Office facebook page. “Close?” and arrow text provided by Sheriff’s Office.

The incident started around 5:52 p.m. in the 9900 block of US 1. The deputy, identified as Ron Adamson, was patrolling the subdivision on foot when he observed two people – a male and a female – on a motorcycle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The pair fled the area on the motorcycle when Dep. Adamson motioned and called to them to stop. The motorcycle struck the deputy, causing him to fall to the ground, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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

He radioed a description of the motorcycle at the time of the incident, and less than 15 minutes later, a Fellsmere Police officer caught sight of it in the area of County Road 512 and 108th Avenue.

The officer tried to stop the motorcycle, but the driver again fled, traveling south on Interstate 95, deputies said.

A pursuit ensued, involving the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the Fellsmere Police Department and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a law enforcement helicopter. That pursuit reached speeds of 130 mph, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The video below was provided by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputy Injured – Motorcycle Pursuit

MEDIA RELEASE: December 3, 2017 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. Further information including the identities of the driver and passenger will be released when available.

Posted by Indian River County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, December 3, 2017


The helicopter was able to locate and keep track of the motorcycle, allowing ground patrols to disengage.

Thirty minutes after the initial contact with the motorcycle, around 6:22 p.m., the motorcycle driver stopped trying to flee and was apprehended near Indrio Road and Kings Highway. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office made the apprehension.

Both the driver and passenger are in custody and being questioned by law enforcement. They have not yet been publicly identified. Details on why they fled were not immediately available.

No further information was available. 

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