CHIPLEY – One motorcyclist ditched his passenger on the roadside as he attempted to flee law enforcement.

According to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release, shortly after 3 p.m. on Aug. 1, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on Wilcox Crossing Road, however, the motorcyclist, 31-year-old Benjamin Taylor, "pulled into a residence but accelerated while driving around the home as he attempted to flee from the deputy. "

"Out of concern for the passenger, the deputy canceled the pursuit," the release stated. "A short distance later the deputy observed the passenger lying face down in the roadway, injured and unconscious."

While the deputy card for the passenger, other units began pursuing Taylor, and eventually apprehended him in Holmes County.

Taylor, who was transported from the scene to Holmes County Jail, is now facing charges in Holmes County as well as one count of fleeing and eluding without regard to a person’s safety and leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries in Washington County. 

He is currently out on bond in Washington County on an unrelated felony counterfeit case, the release stated.

The passenger was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.