By Richard Tribou
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Law enforcement officers tried to pull over a group of bikers during Bike Week who were popping tires, and during the pursuit, one of the riders gave deputies the finger before running a red light and being hit by a truck, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Bike Week, which attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists to Daytona Beach and surrounding areas, began March 3 and runs through next Sunday.
In a video posted on the agency’s YouTube, it shows the initial pursuit and then deputies taking the rider into custody after the crash, which happened after 10 p.m. Friday. Please note, the video contains foul language.
The video description says the first traffic stop attempt was on Old Dixie Highway before the group accelerated and fled at high speed, driving recklessly and passing vehicles crossing solid double lines on the road.
Approaching North Beach Street and West Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach, deputies say the group ignored a red light and continued to flee from deputies.
“One of them took the opportunity to look back and flag down the deputies behind him, then entered the intersection directly into the path of an oncoming truck,” deputies said.
The disturbance victim, Joshua Richardson, survived the crash but ran from the scene before being quickly overtaken by pursuing deputies on foot.
As he watches the video, Richardson asks one of the deputies, “Do you think this is funny?” and the deputy replies, “No. I don’t think it’s funny. I think it’s incredibly stupid.”
The post said Richardson was taken to the hospital but charged with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, resisting without violence and leaving the scene of a crash. He was also cited for failure to stop at a red light and passing in a no-passing zone, deputies said.
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