Two JSO detectives are injured after an undercover narcotics bust turns.
Undercover detectives arranged a narcotics deal with a suspect for 6:30 PM in a parking lot outside of the CVS off Blanding and Collins, a location JSO says the suspect chose.
“As the detectives attempted to make the apprehension, that individual decided that he was going to flee the area,” says JSO Lieutenant Jesse York.
In the process of driving away, in what JSO says is a stolen vehicle, the suspect hit multiple undercover cars and a detective who was outside of a vehicle. That detective suffered injuries to his leg and foot.
While still trying to drive away, the suspect crashed in to a pole outside the CVS
“The individual managed to escape the vehicle and flee from detectives,” York says.
He led a detective on a chase down Blanding for several blocks before he was caught, although he resisted and injured that second officer’s hand “severely”, according to York.
The suspect complained of back and neck problems as the result of crashing the car, so he was transported to a local hospital. None of the injuries by either the suspect or officers are considered life-threatening.
JSO says the suspect will be charged with auto theft, four counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics.
None of the identities of those involved have yet been released. York says this is an ongoing investigation by narcotics.
York also praised the officers for not using deadly force on the suspect. He says they were authorized to do so because of his reckless driving and fleeing the scene, but it would have been dangerous because of the heavy civilian presence on the busy intersection.