Despite no known criminal priors, a 23-year-old is behind bars, according to the St. Petersburg Times, in Land O’ Lakes, Pasco County Jail, after a botched traffic stop on Friday night.
Allegedly during a “routine” stop for a missing tag and suspicion of ties to a recent burglary, the defendant tried to ram a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office cruiser in an attempt to hit a deputy who was out of his vehicle.
After the help of a K-9 unit tracking down the defendant who fled on foot, the young man was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, possession of marijuana, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Pasco County first appearance bond judge levied a bail amount of $120,450.
To make matters more complicated, one of the deputies involved in the apprehension of the defendant had a “ride-a-long” from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Explorer program with him. No doubt, that will be a night to remember for that volunteer youngster.
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