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Hernando suspect arrested, deputy injured after crash

BROOKSVILLE — A confrontation involving vehicles driven by a Hernando County man and a sheriff's deputy on Saturday night resulted in the arrest of the man and a trip to the hospital for the deputy.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, Jason Edward Gatto, 36, faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he rammed his car into the back of the patrol car driven by Deputy Cody Silagyi at about 60 mph.

The report said deputies were called to Gatto's home at 8038 Weeping Willow Court, west of Brooksville, about 11 p.m. Saturday after a verbal altercation among family members, who worried that Gatto might be under the influence of drugs.

Responding to the call, Silagyi saw Gatto's 2004 Pontiac Grand Am near the intersection of Weeping Willow and Taylor Street. Moments later, Gatto pulled behind the cruiser and rammed the rear bumper, crushing the trunk and rear fenders.

Authorities said that Gatto got out of his vehicle and approached Silagyi in an aggressive manner, prompting the deputy to deploy his Taser. Gatto was arrested and taken to the Hernando County Detention Center, where he remained Monday in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Silagyi was taken to Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Logan Neill can be reached at lneill@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1435.

Hernando suspect arrested, deputy injured after crash 01/28/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:28am]
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