Michael Watson: Vero Beach man charged with fleeing law enforcement, accused of aiming SUV at deputy

An Indian River County deputy fired two shots at an SUV he thought was going to hit him as a Vero Beach man, who had refused a roadside sobriety test, sped away early Saturday morning, according to an arrest affidavit.

A deputy stopped Michael Thomas Watson, 39, of the 600 block of Carriage Lake Way, in the 1000 block of 90th Avenue in Vero Beach at about 12:44 a.m. because his tag light was out, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit:

A second deputy arrived and asked Watson, who smelled of alcohol and had glassy, bloodshot eyes, to take a sobriety test. Watson refused and the deputy told him to get out of the car, but Watson instead stepped on the gas, did a U-turn and headed toward the deputy.

The deputy yelled for Watson to stop and then fired the shots. Watson's car missed him and Watson sped away, reaching speeds of 90 mph and running a stop sign as he headed home.

Watson was arrested in his garage and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, high-speed aggravated fleeing and eluding of a law enforcement officer using lights and siren, and resisting arrest without violence.

He was released Saturday from the Indian River County Jail after posting $105,000 in bond, jail records show.

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