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Suspect arrested after PBSO deputy pinned between cars during crime takedown, sheriff's office says

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 20:43:53-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A Palm Beach County deputy was injured on Thursday afternoon after getting pinned between two cars during a crime takedown, the sheriff's office says.

The sheriff's office said a suspicious vehicle, a maroon Dodge pickup truck, was spotted in the area of Military Trail and Purdy Lane around 1 p.m.

When deputies tried to pull the truck over, the driver suddenly sped away.

About an hour later, around 2 p.m., undercover deputies located the suspicious vehicle at an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Greengate Circle, north of Greenacres.

The undercover deputies approached the truck and demanded the people inside get out.

The male driver did, but the passenger slid over to the driver’s seat, put the vehicle in reverse, and stepped on the gas. The truck struck a deputy and his cruiser, pinning him between the cars, according to PBSO.

The pickup truck eventually crashed into a fence, and the driver took off on foot. A K-9 team captured him nearby.

The sheriff's office said the deputy was taken to a local hospital, and his injuries are not considered to be life threatening. The deputy, who not been identified, has been released from the hospital and is home recuperating.

Two men and a woman were taken into custody.

On Friday, PBSO said after further investigation, it was determined that John Pyrzyk, 48, of West Palm Beach is the only one of the three people facing charges.

Pyrzyk faces multiple charges including fleeing/eluding police, burglary, larceny, fraud and dealing stolen property.

Detectives are still investigating this incident and further charges are forthcoming for Pyrzyk, said PBSO.

Pyrzyk is supposed to have his first appearance Saturday, but he is hospitalized.