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Florida deputy injured by truck that fled traffic stop

January 10, 2020 GMT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy was struck and injured Thursday by a vehicle that had fled a traffic stop about an hour earlier, authorities said.

Palm Beach County deputies attempted to pull over a pickup truck shortly after noon, according to a sheriff’s office statement. The truck sped away, and deputies didn’t pursue. A radio dispatcher told all deputies in the area to be on the look out for the truck, authorities said.

Undercover deputies spotted the vehicle at an apartment complex a short time later, the sheriff’s office said. The deputies approached and ordered to truck’s occupants to exit. After the driver got out, deputies said the passenger slid over, put the truck in reverse and stepped on the accelerator. The truck hit the deputy and his vehicle before coming to rest at a fence. The man tried to flee on foot but was captured by a K-9 team a short time later.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital. His injuries weren’t considered to be life-threatening.

Two men and one woman were in custody, according the the sheriff’s office. Charges were pending.