Marathon – A Marathon man on a motorcycle refused to stop for a deputy trying to pull him over; he crashed and was airlifted to Miami to be treated for injuries related to the crash.
Deputy Thomas Hill was northbound on Highway U.S. One near Sadowski Causeway just before midnight when he saw the motorcycle pull out of the Circle K parking lot and immediately accelerate to 91 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. As the deputy turned on his lights and siren and attempted to catch up with the bike, the driver accelerated through the red light at Coco Plum Road, traveling at a high rate of speed northbound.
At that point, the deputy decided not to chase the motorcycle for fear it would cause the bike’s rider to drive even more dangerously. Deputy Hill continued north and, when he reached the 56 mile marker, he saw black plastic scattered across the highway and several vehicles stopped with their emergency flashers on. He then saw the motorcycle off the road with the driver lying beside it.
Another vehicle with rear end damage was on the scene; the two people in the vehicle complained of some pain; they were treated on the scene but refused transport to the hospital.
Deputy Hill called for an ambulance and for Florida Highway Patrol to respond to investigate the accident. He then treated the motorcycle driver as he waited for the ambulance. The man identified himself as Charles Motschall of Marathon. Deputy Hill said when the man spoke, he could smell the odor of alcohol on his breath.
A short time later, a man arrived on the scene who also identified himself as Charles Motschall. He told Deputy Hill the injured man was his brother, Daniel. He said he and Daniel own the motorcycle together. He said Daniel probably gave a false name because he did not have a motorcycle endorsement on is license.
25 year old Daniel Motschall was airlifted to Miami for treatment of his injuries. FHP is investigating the case.