Man leads police on a chase through Sebastian

Luke R. Johnson arrested in Sebastian, Florida.
Luke R. Johnson arrested in Sebastian, Florida.

A man was arrested after refusing to stop for police following an accident in Micco.

On Wednesday at approximately 11:22 a.m. the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office notified the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office and the Sebastian Police Department of a vehicle that left the scene of an accident in Micco.

A few minutes later, a deputy spotted the vehicle, a black Ford F350 pickup truck, driving south on U.S. Highway 1 just passing Roseland Road. The deputy followed the truck and conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Main Street in Sebastian.

“Once outside of my vehicle, as I approached the truck, which I could clearly see had heavy crush damage to the front passenger side bumper, the driver drove the truck across the middle lane of traffic and into the left-hand turn lane, where he then drove over the raised median and into oncoming traffic,” the deputy said.

At this time, the truck was being followed by the deputy and two Sebastian Police cruisers on U.S. Highway 1.

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Eventually, the driver, later identified as 36-year-old Luke R. Johnson, pulled over just north of the Sebastian Roadside Restaurant and ran into the woods, according to the affidavit.

Moments later, Johnson was arrested and charged with Felony Flee & Elude and Resisting Arrest.

“Why did you get behind me? Why did you light me up,” Johnson asked law enforcement. The deputy informed Johnson that he received information that he fled an accident in Micco, according to the report.

Johnson was transported to the Indian River County Jail for booking.

Johnson was already out on bond for Grand Theft, so his bond was revoked Thursday. He also faces charges in Brevard County for leaving an accident scene.


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