Florida Teen Stole Dirt Bike, Shot Driver When He Fell Off After Narrowly Avoiding Collision, Police Say

Florida Teen Charged With Attempted Murder While On Dirt Bike
Source: Broward Sheriff's Office, Mega

Feb. 6 2023, Published 10:32 a.m. ET

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A 17-year-old Florida boy was charged with felony attempted murder after shooting at a driver during a suspected road-rage incident, police said.

On Dec. 4 in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said Derrick Farlow fell from a stolen dirt bike he was driving after narrowly avoiding a collision with the driver of a truck.

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An argument broke out between the pair, and police said the teen pulled a gun on the driver while making threats, WPLG Local 10 News reported.

When the truck's driver left the scene and began heading north on North State Road 7, officials said Farlow followed and continued to threaten the man and demand money for damages to the dirt bike.

After the truck's driver and Farlow reached the 2600 block of North State Road 7, police claim Farlow reached for his gun. The driver, fearing he would be shot, allegedly intentionally hit the dirt bike with his vehicle, causing Farlow to fall off, according to cops.

The driver’s vehicle then hit the center median before sideswiping a car. The truck continued traveling south and got into a head-on crash with a car going in the opposite direction.

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Following the crash, police said Farlow took out his gun and shot multiple times at the victim, hitting him once in the buttocks.

An injured Farlow was able to limp to a Lexus SUV that was at the scene and ask the occupants to drive him to the hospital, police said.

Deputies from Broward Sheriff’s Office took Farlow into custody at the hospital after the victim identified him as the shooter, according to police.

The gun Farrow allegedly used in the shooting was located under the driver’s seat of the Lexus SUV, officials noted.

Farlow faces multiple felony charges in connection with the incident, including attempted murder.

During a Feb. 3 court appearance, Farlow's mother and attorney insisted in court Farlow was just a child who was run over and the real victim in the case.

The judge ordered Farlow to be held in jail without bond.


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