John Travis Wilson MUG

John Travis Wilson, pictured in October 2016

A judge denied bond for a Crystal River man and nine-time convicted felon accused of driving away Tuesday evening from a traffic stop and injuring two deputies and a motorcyclist.

During Johnny Travis Wilson’s first appearance hearing Friday morning, Citrus County Circuit Judge Richard “Ric” Howard set the 39-year-old’s bond at none for his nine felony charges and one misdemeanor, according to court-filed records.

Howard also ordered Wilson to be detained in jail until his trial, granting a motion from prosecutors with the State Attorney’s Office, records show.

Assistant State Attorney Blake Shore said a judge could still change Wilson’s bond status depending on changes in the circumstances of case proceedings.

Wilson’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 16, when he will announce a formal plea.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies charged Wilson late Thursday night following his hospitalization from his alleged pursuit and gunshot wounds from deputies he struck.

Wilson faces charges of: attempted murder of a law officer, aggravated battery on an officer, two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding causing property damage, resisting an officer with violence, aggravated fleeing and eluding causing injury, possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell, possessing marijuana with intent to sell and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Wilson’s original bond at the time of his arrest was set at $84,000.

Undercover narcotics detectives with CCSO’s Tactical Impact Unit pulled Wilson over at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at State Road 44 and North Crede Avenue outside Crystal River. 

According to CCSO, Wilson was driving without a seatbelt, didn’t have his headlights on and had illegal window tint.

It’s alleged Wilson drove off during the traffic stop and struck two deputies, who fired shots at the getaway vehicle and struck Wilson.

Formal charges filled against felon who fled

Those deputies suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were placed on paid administrative leave, pending results of a standard Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into the shooting. Citing state law, CCSO is withholding the deputies’ names.

Wilson then drove west on S.R. 44, striking a CCSO cruiser, and then a motorcyclist near the Sunoco gas station at 6971 W. Gulf to Lake Highway. Responders hospitalized the as-of-yet unidentified motorcyclist with severe injuries.

After striking the motorcycle, Wilson drove over a curb at S.R. 44’s intersection with Northeast 10th Avenue, then struck a tree in a parking lot at 990 NE Fifth St, reports show.

Wilson then ran, took refuge in a nearby home and was later apprehended without further incident.

Deputies also found drugs in Wilson’s vehicle, reports show.

Those with information about the incident can call CCSO’s non-emergency number at 352-726-1121. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 888-269-8477 or visit

Suspect has lengthy record of run-ins with law

According to CCSO, Wilson was arrested 13 times, convicted of nine felonies and 11 of 19 charged misdemeanors and incarcerated twice.

In November 2004, Wilson was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for drug and fleeing charges dating back to the early 2000s, and also served 16 months from November 2014 for selling cocaine in 2015, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or

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