A 25-year-old motorcyclist who struck an Indian River Sheriff’s deputy and then led law enforcement officials on a high speed chase into St. Lucie County was charged Monday for the incidents, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
Zachary Daniel Marcinek was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, trespassing, failure to register to vehicle, resisting an officer and fleeing and eluding an officer at high speed.
He is being held at the St. Lucie County Jail until he is transferred to the Indian River County Jail; his bond is set at $51,875.
Details on if the female passenger on the motorcycle was also arrested were not available.
The incident started about 5:52 p.m. Sunday evening in the 9900 block of U.S. 1. Deputy Ron Adamson was patrolling a subdivision on foot when he saw two people – a man and woman – on a motorcycle, according to the Indian River Sheriff’s Office.
The pair fled on the motorcycle when Adamson motioned and called to them to stop. The motorcycle struck the deputy, causing him to fall to the ground, deputies said.
The motorcycle then led deputies on a high speed chase on southbound Interstate 95. A pursuit ensued, involving the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the Fellsmere Police Department and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a law enforcement helicopter.
The pursuit reached speeds of up to 130 mph, according to the Indian River Sheriff’s Office. The helicopter was able to keep track of the motorcycle.
The video below was provided by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
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 motorcycle stopped trying to flee around 6:22 p.m. and the two were apprehended near Indrio Road and Kings Highway by St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies. Details on why Marcinek fled were not available.
This story will be updated.