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BWC: Fleeing suspect hits Fla. officer with stolen vehicle, strikes several cruisers during pursuit

As a Port Orange Police Department officer approached a suspected stolen vehicle, the suspect threw the car into reverse, hitting the officer

By Joanna Putman

PORT ORANGE, Fla. — Port Orange police released body-worn camera footage showing a pursuit and arrest of a suspect accused of using a stolen car to knock over an officer and ram police vehicles, reported.

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The July 5 incident began when officers located the stolen car, according to the report. As an officer approached the vehicle and attempted to detain the suspect, the suspect threw the car into reverse, knocking the officer over, body-camera video released on July 8 shows.

The suspect then drove off, leading multiple officers on a pursuit. Throughout the pursuit, the suspect struck several police cruisers, video shows. At one point, an officer is heard reporting a successful stop stick deployment.

After losing control of the vehicle, the suspect can be seen fleeing on foot toward a wooded area. An officer caught up with the suspect, tackling him to the ground. The suspect was arrested without further incident.

The suspect faces multiple charges, including grand theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and three counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.