2 Deputies Hospitalized After Deerfield Beach Pursuit Ends, Suspect in Custody

A suspect who crashed into three deputies' cars sending two of them to the hospital was taken into custody after a high-speed chase and foot pursuit in Deerfield Beach Wednesday night, officials said

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014  |  Updated 8:21 AM EDT
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2 deputies were hospitalized after a suspect struck their vehicles during a pursuit that ended in Deerfield Beach.

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A suspect who crashed into three deputies' cars sending two of them to the hospital was taken into custody after a high-speed chase and foot pursuit in Deerfield Beach Wednesday night, officials said.

Derek Fuller, 26, is facing several charges including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding and possession of cocaine in the incident, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said the incident began when deputies responded to a call of a car alarm in Oakland Park. As they were on the way, the deputies spotted a Chevy Malibu leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

The suspect sped onto I-95 and drove into Deerfield Beach, where he rammed a deputy's vehicle and continued to flee, officials said. As he continued, the suspect hit two more BSO vehicles, incapacitating his car.

Fuller ran through a relative's apartment, over a barbed-wire fence and into a field, officials said. Deputies used a helicopter and K-9s to track Fuller, who was eventually taken into custody.

Two of the deputies whose vehicles were struck were taken to Broward Health North Medical Center. Their injuries don't appear to be serious. A third whose vehicle was hit was uninjured.

Fuller was taken to the hospital for treatment for a dog bite before he'll be taken to jail. It wasn't immediately known whether he has an attorney.

The incident is still being investigated.

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