Flagler County Deputy Injured During Traffic Stop, Suspect Flees
Flagler County Deputy Richard Petkovsek conducted a traffic stop on 2nd Street South in Flagler Beach on Saturday evening at 6:53 p.m after a vehicle ran through a stop sign. After making contact with the driver, Jimmie Lee Belle III, accelerated his vehicle and ran over Deputy Petkovsek’s foot. Belle III was last seen driving westbound over the Flagler Beach bridge. He is driving a gray 2016 Dodge Dart with Florida tag DUJ D90.
Deputies are currently searching for Belle III.
“If you injure and run from one of my deputies, we will find you,” Sheriff Rick Staly said tonight. “It is best to turn yourself in now before more potential charges are added.”
Belle III is currently facing lots of charges. So far Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing and Eluding, and Driving with a Suspended License with Knowledge.
Deputy Petkovsek was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler for treatment and was released.