WESLEY CHAPEL — A man was arrested Sunday on charges of crashing a stolen car, trying to hijack another and then scrapping with deputies.
Paul Jeremiah Brock III is accused of stealing a gray Toyota Camry from an Odessa house around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. He made it to Wesley Chapel and crashed on Mangrove Drive.
A green Ford truck passed by the site where Brock stood waiting. He asked the driver, Rolando Morito, for a ride, the report states. Brock got into the truck, and Morito circled, waiting for deputies to arrive.
Deputies flagged him down. A deputy stood on either side of the truck and told the men to show their hands. Morito complied, the report states, but Brock didn't.
He slid over to the driver's side where Morito still sat and mashed the gas pedal, forgetting that the ignition was off. Then he reached over and tried to start the truck while Morito fought him off. One deputy deployed his Taser several times to no avail.
The other deputy yanked Brock from the truck and the two grappled. Brock swung feet and fists at them, the report states. One deputy reported that he was strapping on the handcuffs when he felt a tug on his gun. He pepper sprayed Brock in the face.
Brock snatched the other deputy's radio before they finally shackled his hands and feet.
Brock, of Land O'Lakes, was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, attempted robbery with a firearm, depriving an officer of means of communication and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
He remained Tuesday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $120,001 bail.