Michael Anthony Addison, a 30-year-old Lauderhill man, is facing 12 charges in connection with the tragic incident that led to the death of a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper and a truck driver. Addison was taken into custody at St. Lucie County Jail at 9:21 p.m. on Friday, with his first appearance held via Zoom in Port St. Lucie on Saturday morning.

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Who is Michael Anthony Addison?

The charges against Addison, confirmed by Assistant State Attorney David Dodd, include two counts of murder, two counts of killing a person with a vehicle, two counts of dangerous depraved without premeditation, fleeing and eluding with lights and siren active, driving on a suspended license resulting in death, resisting an officer with violence, and aggravated fleeing with death. Additionally, two charges are linked to warrants for aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Broward County.

During the 4 1/2-minute hearing, the judge ordered Addison held on no bond for all but three counts. A public defender will initially represent him, according to Charles “Tony” Schwab, chief judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit.

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The incident leading to Addison’s arrest began when FHP Trooper Zachary Fink, a three-year veteran, pursued a person driving recklessly in a white Kia on I-95 just before 3 a.m. The Kia attempted a U-turn to escape the pursuit, resulting in a collision with a semi tractor-trailer. The truck driver died at the scene, and Trooper Fink was pronounced deceased at HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital after being airlifted.

The suspect, later identified as Michael Anthony Addison, fled on foot, triggering a massive manhunt. Authorities took Addison into custody around 8 a.m.

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The judge’s decision to hold Addison on no bond for most charges emphasizes the gravity of the situation. The incident underscores the risks law enforcement officers face and the tragic consequences that can arise from pursuits of suspects. Further details may be revealed when a redacted arrest report is released.