Man Charged in Deaths of State Trooper and Truck Driver Had History of Evaded Prosecution

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A Broward County man, Michael Addison, has been arrested multiple times and is now facing charges in the deaths of a state trooper and a truck driver after leading Florida Highway Patrol on a chase that resulted in a fatal crash.

According to court records, Addison’s probation was revoked in May 2022 after an incident involving his ex-girlfriend. He was on probation for five years and was originally arrested for placing his photo on a phony ID with information from a man in Boca Raton, along with other charges including stealing iPhones and domestic violence.

The prosecution also dropped charges against Addison after video evidence showed he wasn’t the culprit in a previous case. They were unable to move forward with a domestic violence charge due to lack of cooperation from the victim and lack of independent evidence to support the charge.

In addition to his legal troubles, Addison has also failed to pay fines related to his offenses and has faced eviction from an apartment in Broward County due to unpaid rent. He is currently being held in the St. Lucie County Jail without bond, and the arrest report has not been released by the Florida Highway Patrol or the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

This history of arrests and legal issues has raised questions about the handling of Addison’s cases and whether there were missed opportunities to prevent the tragic events that led to the deaths of the state trooper and truck driver.

The Broward County man’s repeated brushes with the law highlight potential challenges in the criminal justice system and raise concerns about how individuals with a history of legal problems are monitored and supervised after their release. The story also sheds light on the impact of these issues on public safety and the need to address the underlying factors that contribute to repeat offenses.

As the investigation and legal proceedings continue, the case serves as a reminder of the complex issues surrounding law enforcement, the judicial system, and public safety in communities across the country.