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Man Flees From Deputies, Crashes Vehicle Near Middle School

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 32-year-old man who drove off from a traffic stop near a middle school and crashed into another vehicle, was jailed, deputies said.

The incident caused Storm Grove Middle School to be placed on Code Yellow for about an hour and 45 minutes, School District of Indian River County spokeswoman Cristen Maddux said. Code Yellow is not a lockdown, but instead, a precautionary measure alerting schools of incidents happening nearby.

Deputies arrested the man of the 3700 block of 47th Street, Vero Beach. He was held at the Indian River County Jail without bond.

He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, fleeing and eluding, failure to register motor vehicle, reckless driving and knowingly driving while license revoked, jail records show. He was also charged with false imprisonment and battery, which stem from a past incident that occurred in Fellsmere.

An Indian River County sheriff’s patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle near 57th Street and 66th Avenue, sheriff’s officials said. The area is near Storm Grove Middle School and the School District of Indian River County headquarters.

Deputies said he sped off in his automobile and crashed into another vehicle carrying an elderly couple. The couple suffered minor injuries, sheriff’s officials said.

He ran from his vehicle and was detained soon after by a sheriff’s K-9 unit, authorities said. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital for treatment and then booked into the county jail.

The crash closed 66th Avenue, but the street has since reopened, officials said.

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