Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Port Orange man early Thursday morning after the man allegedly fled officers from Volusia County and drove into a Flagler County Sheriff deputy’s patrol car. Flagler Sheriff’s spokesperson Debra Johnson says 68-year old Ronald A. Pinkerton was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.
Officers with the Port Orange Police Department tried to stop Pinkerton first Thursday morning, followed by officers with the Holly Hill and Ormond Beach Police Departments, as Pinkerton drove north on U.S. 1. Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies reported that Pinkerton fled from them also around 1:45 a.m. Thursday, driving erratically, and running a red light. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies stopped traffic at intersections along U.S. 1 as Pinkerton drove into their county, and kept driving after Flagler deputies flattened two of his tires with stop sticks.
Deputies say Pinkerton also tried to hit a Flagler County Sheriff’s patrol car that was trying to stop him, and when he could not hit that Sheriff’s car, he struck another Flagler Sheriff’s car in the median of U.S. 1. The deputy of that patrol car was not hurt in the incident. Pinkerton continued north on U.S. 1 after that crash, but then drove off the road near the DOT scales north of Palm Coast Parkway, and his van became stuck there in the soft dirt. However, before deputies were able to remove Pinkerton from his vehicle, they had to use a Taser to take him into custody.
Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming said, “This man was intent on doing harm to a law enforcement officer. He is fortunate that he was not severely injured as a result of his actions.” Pinkerton was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility on thirty-six thousand dollars bond. He also faces additional charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and reckless driving from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
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