On March 3, deputies tried to pull over a group of motorcyclists who were “popping wheelies”, according to a video shared by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The motorcyclists are accused of ignoring the deputies' request to pull over and instead speeding off and causing a high-speed chase with police.
In dashcam footage of the chase, the group of motorcyclists are seen weaving in and out of traffic at a high speed.
As the group approaches a red light, they ignore it and continued the high-speed chase, but one of the drivers wasn't so lucky.
The man, later identified as Joshua Richardson, is seen in the video looking back at police, flipping them off and driving through the intersection — directly into the path of an oncoming truck.
Richardson survived the crash and even tried to run on foot away from deputies before he was apprehended, police said.
Body camera footage was also included in the video, which shows Richardson squirming on the ground and telling police he was in a lot of pain.
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One deputy calls Richardson an “idiot” and he responds, “I know.”
Officers handcuffed Richardson, who complains about how hurt he was. An officers quips, “You know how your leg doesn’t get hurt? You don’t run from the cops and crash your bike.”
When Richardson asks the cops if they thought this was funny, one replies, “No, I don’t think it’s funny. It’s incredibly stupid.”
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He then tried to flip the script and said they were “being chased by 12 cops in the middle of nowhere,” so what were they supposed to do?
One officer replied, “Stop and figure out why we’re chasing you.”
Richardson was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, resisting without violence and leaving the scene of a crash.
He also received traffic tickets for passing in a no-pass zone and failure to stop at a red light.
No details were shared on whether or not the truck driver or any passengers in the vehicle were injured, or if the other motorcyclists were ever apprehended.
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