A Bushnell man is in jail after police say he led them on a three-county car chase and firing at officers attempting to apprehend him.
The 22-year-old man was allegedly witnessed by Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers driving a stolen 2007 Ford truck on State Road 44 near U.S. 41 on Thursday. The officers gave chase, saying at one point the man attempted to run down a pair of deputies in his bid to remain at large.
FHP troopers joined the chase, following the man as he headed south to Hernando County, then east on County Road 476. At this point troopers say the man fired a trio of rounds at his pursuers, with one round striking a patrol car.
As the pursuit entered Sumter County, officers made the decision to end it by nudging his vehicle with theirs in an effort at sending it into a spin and eventually stopping. Officers employed the move with success, and the truck began to spin out of control. However, the top-heavy vehicle also rolled several times before coming to a stop, injuring the suspect. He was extracted from the vehicle and flown to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, then on to Tampa General for further treatment.
The man was ultimately released to the custody of Sumter County, where he was booked in the county jail on charges including larceny, distribution of illicit drugs, weapons possession, DUI, fleeing or eluding, and various traffic violations. He is currently being held without bond.
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