Trooper Michael Bonner
On Feb. 7, 2010, Trooper Michael Bonner was traveling westbound in the area of Interstate-95, when he observed an early model blue Buick exiting the Interstate. The vehicle did not have any operational brake/tail lights and the license plate was not visible. Bonner activated his lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. Instead of pulling over, the driver increased his speed to flee from Bonner. The trooper noticed that the driver was wearing a mask and a wig. As he attempted to stop the car, he noticed a Chevy pick-up truck following his patrol car. When Bonner called for back-up, he learned that the Buick and the Chevy were described in a BOLO (Be On Look Out) as vehicles that were involved in a possible homicide. After traveling six miles, the Buick became disabled. Bonner stopped behind the Buick, and the Chevy stopped behind the trooper’s patrol car. Bonner quickly exited his vehicle and ordered the male driver and female passenger from the Buick onto the ground. As he awaited back-up, the trooper also secured the driver of the Chevy. Bonner observed the female passenger throw a small black semi automatic handgun toward the wood line. All three suspects were arrested and charged with several felonies, Bonner secured valuable evidence that was later determined to be linked to a homicide in Osceola County, Fla. The Florida Highway Patrol is proud of the courage and composure that Bonner demonstrated during the incident.