Trooper Richard Elliott
Troop H - Quincy
Congratulations to Trooper Richard Elliott for being selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for September 2002, based on his efforts in pursuing and apprehending a suspected drug dealer.
On September 3, 2002, while on routine patrol on Highway 90 in Quincy, Trooper Elliott stopped a subject for a cracked windshield. Noticing a woman and a child passenger, a pistol, and a small amount of drugs inside the vehicle, Trooper Elliott directed the subject back to his patrol car. However, the subject bolted and ran back to his car in an attempt to flee. Trooper Elliott was able to talk the subject into getting back out of his car. Back up was called, but had not yet arrived when the subject suddenly bolted again, throwing a full can of soda at Elliott, hitting him in the throat. The subject fled the scene.
A pursuit was authorized and the suspect was chased to State Road 20 in Liberty County where he abandoned the car and ran into the woods. A perimeter was set up and a K-9 unit was called. Two hours later, the subject was apprehended. While searching the vehicle, a mobile methamphetamine lab was discovered, along with the highly volatile chemicals used to manufacture the drug. The suspect and his wife were both charged with several felonies, including drug possession, trafficking, fleeing an officer, and child abuse/neglect.
Trooper Richard Elliott acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is hereby commended for his brave actions.