According to multiple published accounts, the Florida Highway Patrol sees nothing improper or illegal in the actions of one its investigators who tried to run a sport bike rider into a concrete wall with an unmarked cruiser.
St. Petersburg television stationWTSP confirmed that the investigator was FHP Sergeant Spencer Ross, pictured above.
Florida Highway Patrol Intelligence
According to his resume, Ross “is a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Division of the Florida Highway Patrol. As a supervisor, Spencer helps to oversee the central Florida area covering seven counties including the Orlando/Disney area, Daytona Beach and the Space Coast/Cocoa Beach area.”
The resume also states that Ross “has wide-ranging experience conducting criminal investigations, covering domestic and international interests due to the specific nature of his abilities. Spencer is routinely called upon by various agencies to consult on projects concerning identity issues, documents and various other forms of identification that relate to regional, domestic and national security issues….”
Ross was named State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association “Investigator of the Year” in 2011. Ross has also worked as an internal affairs investigator for the FHP, which may betray the circumstances that led to the dissemination of the video below.
The attempted vehicular assault occurred on Orlando’s East-West Expressway, State Road 408, last Tuesday, Saint Patrick’s Day. According to Tiffany Walden of the Orlando Sentinel, when “Ross attempted to pull over the biker for the violations on Tuesday, the motorcyclist slowed suddenly, creating a potential traffic hazard while Ross was attempting to exit the travel lanes.”
In a blatantly dissembling statement, FHP Public Affairs Sergeant Kim Montes said Ross pursued the sport biker for “evading a toll.” The toll on the Expressway varies from 25 cents to seven dollars. Usually, tolls are evaded by passing through the express toll lanes. A camera snaps a photo of toll evaders’ license plates and they are then mailed a bill. Montes also said “the motorcyclist’s driving behavior was dangerous to everyone on the roadway.”
“Based on preliminary review, there appeared to be no attempt to ram or to make contact with the motorcycle, however, this incident is currently being reviewed by FHP.” Ross “disengaged when the motorcyclist fled from the scene.” Montes also said Ross obtained the bike’s license plate number, not the toll booth camera.