Truck Chase Ends In Crash, Arrest Of Man Accused Of Striking 2 Vehicles
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A man trying to get away from sheriff’s deputies at roughly 100 mph in a pickup truck hit at least two vehicles and ran car after car off the road as he made his way into Fellsmere, a deputy said.
The driver, 43, of Montana, was arrested just before midnight on felony traffic charges.
He faces two counts of leaving a crash where someone was injured along with single counts of fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.
After his arrest, he told law enforcement he “ran from police in the past and got away,” according to his arrest affidavit.
Deputy Matthew Schwarz said in the report he heard radio transmissions that a white Ford pickup truck going about 100 mph had hit a vehicle in the 7000 block of 85th Street, also called County Road 510 in that location.
The reports said the truck ran nearly 10 cars off the road driving into oncoming traffic, and then barely missed careening into a canal.
Schwarz said the truck was last seen heading west on 85th Street from 66th Avenue, while he was in the 9400 block of County Road 512.
He saw the pickup which he said sped through a red light.
Schwarz said when he turned on his lights and began pursuing him, he estimated the truck was moving around 100 mph on County Road 512.
He ran multiples lights as he made his way from Sebastian River Middle School area to Fellsmere, Schwarz said in the report.
The truck sped around a Fellsmere police officer and passed him by running off the highway near a Dollar General, according to the report. He then made his way onto Babcock Street and drove north where Schwarz said he hit a Jeep Wrangler.
Schwarz said he stopped to talk with the people in the Jeep, and later learned Fellsmere police arrested Stewart.
He had crashed at Babcock Street and 13th Street. Police found him injured lying beside his truck, according to the report.
He appeared in court where bail was set at $55,000. Sheriff’s Office records show he was still in jail at the time of this report. His arraignment is set for April 23, according to court records.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Cases involving accidents with trucks are always subject to heightened scrutiny because of the additional regulations placed on drivers of those vehicles. Unfortunately, in our practice, we have seen numerous instances where drivers blatantly violate these regulations, which results in catastrophic consequences.”
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