Authorities: Driver arrested in hit-and-run that left deputy injured

Sheriff's Office: James Voorhees, 74, caught in S.C. after deputy injured

By Francine Frazier - Senior web editor
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Booking photo of James Voorhees

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - A 74-year-old man who investigators said injured a Flagler County deputy while driving in Florida last week has been booked into the Flagler County Jail after being arrested late last month in South Carolina, the Sheriff's Office announced.

Deputy Bret Wood was hurt when his motorcycle crashed while he was trying to stop a driver who was fleeing from a previous crash, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

That driver was later identified as James Rex Voorhees, deputies said. Voorhees was found and arrested in his South Carolina home after he contacted the Flagler County Sheriff's Office and said he was aware there was a warrant for his arrest.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said it contacted the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the county where Voorhees lives, to request help contacting him.

Beaufort County deputies took Voorhees into custody without incident. He was held in South Carolina until he was extradited to Flagler County on charges of leaving the scene of two accidents and driving with a suspended license.

Deputies said Voorhees' license has been suspended since July 2016.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Wood responded to the scene of a crash at State Road 100 and Interstate 95 on Nov. 22. When he arrived, one of the vehicles involved in the crash drove off, deputies said.

Wood tried to pull over the white 2000 Buick Rendezvous with South Carolina license plate tag number 6043KX as it entered the on-ramp for I-95 South, deputies said. The vehicle stopped abruptly, causing Wood to lose control of his motorcycle and strike the pavement, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

The Buick then drove away from the scene, deputies said.

Wood suffered non-life threatening injuries to his chin, chest and arms. He has recovered from his injuries and returned to duty, deputies said.

Voorhees is being held in the Flagler County Detention Facility on a $6,000 bond.

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