Florida man Joshua Richardson flipped off cops before getting hit by truck
A Florida motorcyclist is facing multiple charges after he ran a red light while fleeing from local police and was flipped seconds before being T-boned by an oncoming truck.
“It’s a good way to kill yourself,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post.
The three-minute video shared by police shows Deputy Bissonnette attempting to pull over a group of motorcyclists late Friday, March 3, who were doing “wheelies.”
The group ignored the authorities’ pleas and decided to move on, leading police on a high-speed chase.
Dashcam footage shows a group of motorcyclists carelessly weaving between cars at high speed.
Upon approaching a red light, the group ignored it and continued to flee from deputies.
One of the motorcyclists, Joshua Richardson, looked back and flipped the police bird directly into the path of an oncoming truck – before continuing into the intersection.
Richardson miraculously escaped the crash and briefly attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended by police.
On body camera footage released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Richardson is seen writhing on the ground and telling deputies he is in a lot of pain.
“I’m hurt,” Richardson is heard saying as he lies on the ground while deputies handcuff him.
“Stupid,” said one deputy.
“I know,” Richardson replied.
After deputies handcuffed him, Richardson was heard complaining to police on bodycam footage.
“You know how your leg doesn’t hurt?” asked a deputy. “You don’t run from the cops and crash your bike.”
“Do you think this is funny?” Richardson asked.
“No, I don’t think it’s funny. It’s very stupid,” another deputy replied.
“We are being chased by 12 policemen in the middle of nowhere. What should I do?” asked Richardson.
“Stop and find out why we’re following you,” the deputies said.
Richardson was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, resisting without violence and leaving the scene of an accident.
He is also receiving traffic citations for not stopping at a red light and driving through a no-pass zone.
The Volusia Sheriff’s Office did not share whether the truck driver or any occupants of the vehicle were injured, or whether other reckless motorcyclists were apprehended.