Man flees from officer trying to initiate a Marchman Act detention

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Man Dies After Fleeing Deputy On Foot

A 29-year-old Palm Harbor man was struck by a Ford Escape after fleeing from a deputy on foot Wednesday night. He died Thursday morning.

By Sherri Lonon (Patch Staff) – January 26, 2017 1:18 pm ET
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Man Dies After Fleeing Deputy On Foot
PALM HARBOR, FL — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy’s attempt to save a man believed to be impaired from harm Wednesday night didn’t turn out as expected. According to the agency, the man fled the deputy’s custody, was struck by a Ford Escape and died Thursday morning from injuries he sustained in the crash.

The incident that led to Matthew Lindley’s death began around 9:30 p.m. Jan. 25. According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Ian Collman was on patrol when he spotted a dark SUV stopped in the road on U.S. 19 North, just south of Tampa Road. Collman, who was heading southbound, made a U-turn to investigate the vehicle stopped in the northbound lanes, an email from the sheriff’s office said.

As Collman was approaching, Lindley got out of the vehicle and its driver drove away. Collman approached Lindley, 29, and determined he “he had been drinking and he was impaired to the extent that he was a danger to himself or others,” the email said.

Collman tried to take Lindley into protective custody under the Marchman Act, but “Lindley resisted the deputy’s efforts and a struggle ensued.”

Deputies say Lindley pulled away from Collman as he tried to put handcuffs on him.

“Deputy Collman grabbed Lindley’s T-shirt to regain control of Lindley, but Lindley broke free by pulling off his T-shirt and ran westbound into traffic on U.S. Highway 19 N.,” the email said.

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At that time, a 2010 Ford Escape driven by Malcon Suttie, 82, of Tarpon Springs was heading north on U.S. 19. Deputies say Linley ran into Suttie’s path and was struck.

Lindley was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Deputies say he had an active warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear in court on drug paraphernalia charges and also an active writ related to child support.

Lindley’s Thursday’ morning death was announced by the sheriff’s office around 1:10 p.m. Jan. 26.

No charges related to the crash were announced.

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