Two Lee County deputies are recovering from injuries sustained during a traffic altercation on Tuesday.
Deputy First Class Dan Leffin sustained injuries to his left leg and ankle and was treated and released from the hospital. Deputy First Class George Perez sustained more serious injuries and remains hospitalized, recovering from his injuries.
The incident occurred as members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit were conducting a red light operation at College Parkway and U.S. 41. Deputies there observed a red, four-door Buick disregard the solid red traffic signal and turn north on U.S. 41, officials said.
A motorcycle deputy activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle for the violation. The Buick, though, failed to stop and continued into the Villas neighborhood in an attempt to flee from the deputy, officials said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday.
"As other deputies converged to the area, the driver of the vehicle, now identified as Travis Rashod Taylor, 29, of 2316 Davis St, Fort Myers, became aggressive nearly striking a motorcycle deputy and causing him to crash while on Chatham Street," the release states.
"Taylor continued his erratic and aggressive driving turning onto Woodland Boulevard. For unknown reasons, and with total disregard for the safety of others on the road, Taylor crossed the grassy median into the eastbound lanes striking Deputy Perez head on throwing him from his police motorcycle. Deputy Leffin was able to avoid the collision by laying his motorcycle down in a controlled manner.
"Taylor's vehicle, heavily damaged from the collision, fled from the scene leaving the injured deputy on the side of the road. He continued through the bank parking lot and ended up near the IHOP restaurant, where he bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot into the neighboring community.
Deputy Leffin was able to get back on his motorcycle and pursue Taylor through several backyards.
"As Taylor jumped a fence, Leffin's motorcycle struck this fence ejecting him from his motorcycle," the release continues. "Leffin was able to get up, continue in foot pursuit and captured Taylor bringing this violent encounter to an end."
The Lee County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit arrested Travis Rashod Taylor. He was charged with Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding with Injury or Damage, Assault on an Officer, Attempted Murder, and Resisting an Officer.
He is being held in the Lee County Jail.
Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office