February 15, 2017
At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning Deputy John Finkell attempted to stop a red pickup in Bronson because it did not have tail lights. Deputy Finkell pulled in behind the truck and activated his emergency lights signaling the driver to stop. However, the driver accelerated and made abrupt turns attempting to evade Deputy Finkell.
Deputy Finkell lost sight of the fleeing vehicle on back roads in the Town of Bronson and radioed this information to his communications center. He turned off his emergency equipment and began to search the area for the truck. At the intersection of NE 80 Street and NE 95 Avenue Deputy Finkell saw a female staggering in the road. As he approached her, he saw the red truck had crashed into a tree. The female, identified as Victoria Muro (22 years old), told Deputy Finkell she was begging the driver, identified as Fransisco Calvillo (8-6-94) of Bronson, to stop.
Deputy Finkell found Calvillo crumpled in the floor board of the truck suffering from a head injury. He went to render aid and the truck burst into flames. Deputy Finkell had to force open the passenger door of the truck to remove Calvillo and drag him to safety. Deputy Finkell applied pressure bandages to Calvillo’s injuries and attempted to extinguish the fire which now fully engulfed the truck. EMS and Fire were contacted and responded to assist.
Muro told Deputy Finkell both she and Calvillo had been drinking and Calvillo had no intentions of stopping for law enforcement. The Florida Highway Patrol was contacted and will be completing the accident and DUI investigation.
Calvillo was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash. Charges have been filed by Deputy Finkell for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement. Calvillo was released from jail on 12-7-16 on a $12,000 bond and has pending charges for domestic battery and tampering with a witness. The FHP investigation is still on-going.