Clearwater men arrested after battering a law enforcement officer

From the Tampa Times, two men were found hiding on a roof after injuring a police officer…

Two Clearwater men accused of agrravated battery of a police officer and fleeing and eluding were arrested this morning after fleeing to a rooftop in an attempt to avoid capture.

Earlier that nigh police were summoned to an apartment complex in Clearwater after reports of people waiving guns inside a car.

When police arrived at the apartments, the suspects committed aggravated battery on a police officer by intentionally driving his car into one of the officers. According to police reports, the officer tried to jump out of the way but was hit by the side of the vehicle, suffering minor injuries.

Officers began a high spped chase of the suspect’s car, which ended in a crash on U.S. 19 near Druid road. It is unknown at the time of this writing if the driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

Three men got out of the wrecked vehicle and began to run. K9 units tracked two suspects to the Clearwater mall where a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office helicoptor found them on the roof at Lowes!

While one man remains at large, the other two men were Id’ed as Clearwater residents. One man was charged with aggravated battery, drug possession, and obstruction. The passenger faces a burglary charge.

On a side note, more charges may soon be coming. When police searched the crashed car, they found eight pounds of marijuana, five grams of crack cocaine and several guns!

Have you or a loved one been arrested for a battery or drug possession charge? Then call the Clearwater criminal defense lawyers at Blake & Dorsten, P.A. now! These former prosecutors are now fighting for your rights. To talk to an experienced Clearwater criminal defense attorney call 727.286.6141 or hit the “contact us” section on their website. Blake & Dorsten, P.A. …when your case matters!

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