Two men arrested after ramming two Hillsborough County sheriff's patrol cars

SEFFNER — Two men led Hillsborough sheriff's deputies on a pursuit early Saturday morning and rammed two patrol cruisers before crashing on Interstate 4, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies spotted the two men at 5:45 a.m. exiting a business complex near U.S. 301 and Palm River Road with an air conditioner unit in the back of their Dodge Durango, officials said. The deputies called for additional help and several patrol cars surrounded the Durango to attempt a traffic stop.

Deputies said that's when the SUV's driver accelerated and rammed an unmarked patrol cruiser to get away. Deputies followed the Durango for several miles until it stopped in Seffner, where deputies got out of their cars and approached the vehicle. The driver again accelerated and rammed a marked patrol car, deputies said.

The driver of the Durango fled onto eastbound I-4 where at the McIntosh Road exit ramp the driver lost control and rolled over an embankment, deputies said. The two men in the truck were not injured, and were arrested.

No deputies were injured in the pursuit.

Arrested were: Torrance Tyrone Shepard, 21, of 5035 Pine St. Lot 13 in Seffner; and Angel Izander Cruz, 24, who has no known address. Shepard was charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing to elude, driving with a suspended license and grand theft, deputies said. Cruz was charged with grand theft and had outstanding warrants on charges of driving with a suspended license and fleeing to elude, the Sheriff's Office said.

Shepard was being held Saturday in the Hillsborough jail in lieu of $36,250 bail. Cruz was being held in lieu of $6,000 bail.

Two men arrested after ramming two Hillsborough County sheriff's patrol cars 08/06/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 11:43pm]

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