A man who struck a Florida Highway Patrol officer with a tree branch as he ran from a traffic stop on Interstate 75 on Saturday night was captured Sunday morning.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Trooper Michael Todd pulled over a Volkswagen Jetta in southern Alachua County about 9 p.m. when he saw it weaving. While preparing to conduct a field sobriety test, the FHP says 35-year-old Trevor Flum of Warren, Mich., ran off, fleeing into some adjacent woods. When Todd followed him, the trooper was struck in the head by a large tree limb and fell the ground. According to the FHP report, the trooper fired a shot at Flum as he fled.
The Alachua and Marion county sheriff’s offices searched through the night for Flum, who was released Tuesday from the Leon County Jail. When Flum was eventually found hiding near a Micanopy gas station, he surrendered without incident and was booked into the Alachua County Jail on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, reckless driving, DUI, driving while license suspended and escape.