2 Boynton Beach police officers injured in early-morning chase

3 people in custody

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Three people are in custody after a Boynton Beach officer was struck by a vehicle that was fleeing a traffic stop early Wednesday morning, according to police.

A second officer was hurt trying to take one of the suspects into custody.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. when officers tried to stop a Mitsubishi in the 1000 block of North Seacrest Blvd.

Police said the driver, identified as Byron Harris, 26, didn’t stop the vehicle.  Officers also saw a white powder being thrown from the passenger’s side of the car.

Police said Harris approached Interstate 95 and drove directly toward a Boynton Beach police car that had its lights activated.   An officer was outside the vehicle, preparing to deploy stop sticks, but then had to run to avoid getting hit.

Boynton police said Harris then followed the officer, Jeffrey Williams, and intentionally struck him with the passenger’s side of his car.

Williams was taken to Delray Medical Center with serious injuries.

Harris then got onto northbound I-95, reached speeds of more than 100 mph and drove without his headlights on.   He eventually exited at 6th Avenue South and stopped at Elm Street.

However, police said Harris and his two passengers, Jeffrey Braswell, 25, and Ashley Hill, 18, refused to get out of the car.

Officers used Tasers on all three people to finally arrest them.  An officer, Matthew Medeiros, broke his hand while taking them into custody.  He was treated and released from a hospital.

Harris is charged with aggravated battery on a police officer, fleeing an eluding police, violation of probation and resisting arrest without violence.

Braswell and Hill are charged with resisting arrest without violence.  Hill had a warrant for her arrest for a probation violation.

Police said both Williams and Medeiros and have worked with the department since May 2006. 

Harris appeared in court Thursday morning and was denied bond.

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