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Suspect fights deputy, another flees traffic stop in Orange County, authorities say

2 in custody after search prompts heavy law enforcement presence on Edgewater

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A search for a suspect was underway in Orange County after one occupant of a vehicle fought a deputy during a traffic stop and the other occupant fled, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the incident unfolded Wednesday afternoon when a deputy stopped a vehicle for going 37 mph in a school zone.

Two men were inside the car, one, a convicted felon.

When asked to step out of the car, Jeremy Smith began fighting the deputy, while his brother Mark Smith took off, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Smith was taken into custody a short time after the incident began, deputies said, as authorities continued looking for his brother.

Photos from the scene around 4 p.m. showed several deputies and their cruisers surrounding an area on Edgewater Drive near Villa Drive.

Deputies search for suspect who fled traffic stop in Orange County.
Deputies search for suspect who fled traffic stop in Orange County.

Authorities were still searching for Smith until around 4:30 p.m., when deputies at the scene said the situation had "wrapped up."

Deputies later said both men had been taken into custody and no one was hurt. It's unclear what charges the brothers could face.

No other details have been released.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates.


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