Traffic stop prompts Code Yellow lockdown at Storm Grove Middle School

John Anton Brown
John Anton Brown

On Monday, Storm Grove Middle School was placed on “Code Yellow” during the afternoon after deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle that tried to run and crashed, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy tried to stop the vehicle because it was missing a license plate. However, the driver, identified as John Anton Brown Jr., led a chase and ultimately crashed into a vehicle containing an elderly couple.

Brown has been wanted on felony warrants since Jan. 8 for charges of battery by strangulation and false imprisonment related to a domestic violence incident.

Brown then fled on foot, and the Sheriff’s Office K-9 was deployed. Brown was apprehended and taken to Cleveland Clinic’s emergency room for medical clearance before being transferred to the jail.

The elderly couple incurred minor injuries as a result of the crash. The crash caused 66th Avenue to be shut down for a period of time.

Brown was arrested on his active warrants and faces additional charges of aggravated flee and elude, leaving the scene of a crash with injury, reckless driving resulting in property damage/personal injury, driving while license suspended, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

The K-9 is named Remy, the newest canine partner, and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for eight months. Brown was his first apprehension while on patrol.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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