A suspect who fled a traffic stop on his motorcycle discovered there was one member of the Sheriff’s Office fleet he couldn’t outrun – because they can fly! That suspect, tracked by our aviation unit, was arrested during a two day traffic enforcement operation targeting speeding motorcycles. The operation was put together in response to multiple complaints for motorcycles speeding in the Port Charlotte area.
The operation was organized by the STAR (Strategic Target Area Response) Team. Traffic and Aviation Units assisted in the operation, which took place Thursday and Friday evening (9/20-21). In total, 12 motorcycles were stopped during the operation for speeding violations.
On Thursday evening, a member of the Traffic Unit attempted to stop Michael Alex Ransom (12/18/88) at Tamiami Trail and Hancock for his speed, 88mph in a 45mph zone. Ransom, operating a dark blue Suzuki motorcycle, fled from the Deputy at a high rate of speed. The Deputy did not pursue the motorcycle due to safety concerns, however the Aviation Unit was able to follow Ransom into Punta Gorda and continue to provide it’s location. Ransom fled to N. Fairway Drive in Punta Gorda and parked under a tree. He then drove into the front of a deputy’s vehicle as he tried to flee a second time once deputies arrived in the area.
Michael Ransom was arrested for Reckless Driving, Fleeing to Elude, and No Motorcycle Endorsement.
Operations like this are part of our agency’s effort to maintain safe roadways for the residents and visitors of Charlotte County. Reckless driving, or a disregard for rules of the road, can cause accidents and sometimes serious injury. If you observe a reckless driver, report it to law enforcement immediately.
The Sheriff’s Office also encourages the public to submit information regarding areas of the county that may need additional traffic enforcement. You can do that on our website by clicking here.
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Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office