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Man accused of ramming Pinellas deputy's cruiser during traffic stop

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Authorities have arrested a man they say rammed a deputy's cruiser Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop.

A Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy stopped the man, identified as Dana A. Shepard, 38 of Clearwater, at about 3 p.m. at 1405 Gulf Blvd. for having an expired tag. The man tried to get out of his car, but was ordered back inside.

He then put the 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix, which officials said was stolen, in reverse and hit the deputy's cruiser. The impact caused minor damage.

Shepard drove off, crashed into a mailbox at 204 18th Ave. N. and then ran away, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies used police dogs and a helicopter to locate him shortly before 5 p.m. at 510 20th Avenue N. He had stripped to his underwear and was hiding in water underneath a dock at the residence, officials said.

Shepard was arrested on charges including aggravated battery of a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer, grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a traffic crash, driving with expired driver's license and tag not assigned.

Man accused of ramming Pinellas deputy's cruiser during traffic stop 10/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:39pm]
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