Man challenges deputy to a fight after fleeing from traffic stop

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 42-year-old man who ran from a traffic stop and then challenged a deputy to a fist fight, was jailed over the weekend.

Tyrone Flowers

Tyrone Flowers got into a scuffle with the deputy before fleeing from the vehicle to a home nearby, reports show. Flowers then took his shirt off, clenched his fists and yelled to the deputy, “You want to fight?” authorities said.

Flowers was charged with fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest with violence. Flowers was released Saturday from the Indian River County Jail on $8,500 bond.

A deputy tracked a vehicle about 9 p.m. Friday speeding south in the 200 block of 6th Avenue Southwest. The white Hyundai was traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone, reports show.

The deputy activated his siren for the Hyundai to stop, but the vehicle continued. The vehicle eventually stopped on Caribbean Circle.

The driver, identified as Flowers, tried to exit the Hyundai when the deputy approached. The deputy and Flowers wrestled, fell to the ground and threw kicks and punches at each other, reports show.

Flowers then ran behind a home nearby, re-emerged and challenged the deputy to a fight. The deputy deployed his taser at Flowers, but it misfired, reports show.

The deputy ordered Flowers to lie on the ground, and Flowers complied, authorities said. Flowers told deputies his excuse for his actions was because he was “afraid,” reports show.

The deputy later reviewed dashboard camera footage of the incident when Flowers ran behind the home. The footage captured another man, identified as Flowers’ brother, go inside Flowers’ vehicle to remove a black bag and six-pack of alcohol, reports show.

Deputies suspected Flowers was using illegal drugs because he had a white substance around his mouth, reports show. Deputies went back to the scene to try and locate the items, but were unsuccessful.

Deputies arrested Flowers and took him to the county jail. Flowers has an arraignment at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 6, court records show.


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