LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Two Lee County deputies are recovering from injuries sustained during a traffic altercation yesterday.
Deputy First Class George Perez sustained serious injuries and remains hospitalized. He had several surgeries Wednesday.
Deputy First Class Dan Leffin sustained injuries to his left leg and ankle and was treated and released from the hospital.
"Everybody knows Dan and George, everyone was very concerned. just wanted to make sure they were alright," said Sean McGannon, a friend.
Staff at Harley Davidson on Colonial consider Deputies Dan Leffin and George Perez to be family.
"We were kind of shaken up," said Sarah Arhal.
The men stop by several times a week.
They were shocked to hear two of their brothers were involved in a serious accident, both thrown from their motorcycles. Travis Taylor, 29, is facing charges of attempted murder.
According to his arrest report, Taylor ran a red light, and sped away from deputies.
At one point, he made a U-turn and drove straight toward Deputy Dan Leffin.
"The end of the day when you have a four or five thousand pound hunk of steel intent on, that's a big weapon," said Sheriff Scott.
Leffin suffered minor injuries to his leg and ankle, but was able to avoid a major collision.
"Couple guys ran over to the hospital," said McGannon.
Taylor took off to Woodland Boulevard, then deputies say he intentionally crossed to the wrong side of the road.
That's when he hit Deputy George Perez. The impact threw Perez in the air.
'Feel better, can't wait to get him back in here. he actually does quite a bit of a show out here for us on the bikes so were are ready for him and can't wait to see him again," said Arhal.
Taylor's vehicle, heavily damaged from the collision, fled from the scene leaving the injured deputy on the side of the road. He continued through the bank parking lot and ended up near the IHOP restaurant, where he bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot into the neighboring community.
Deputy Leffin was able to get back on his motorcycle and pursue Taylor through several backyards. As Taylor jumped a fence, Leffin's motorcycle struck this fence, ejecting him from his motorcycle. Leffin was able to get up, continue the foot pursuit and capture Taylor.
Wink News asked Sheriff Scott about the shots fired. He could not say which deputies fired the shots, but said five deputies, including the two injured, are currently off the streets for now.
In his first appearance, Wednesday morning, WINK News learned Taylor has a long criminal history, several drug arrests and convictions.
Today WINK News went to Taylor's mother's home.
We asked her if she was surprised to hear about the charges her son now faces.
"Anything can happen, anything can happen, he's married, he's not at home with me, so you know your kids have their own lives like I have my own life."
Taylor also told WINK News she's just happy no one died at the hands of her son. Taylor is being held with no bond.