NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-year-old man who authorities say struck and pinned an officer against his car before taking off on an early-morning chase was arrested Friday.
It all started about 3:30 a.m. Friday when a New Port Richey police officer got out of his car to approach a vehicle near 6805 Arroyo Drive, where it was pulled over for running a red light, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office news release.
Eric Jefferson Stanley of New Port Richey hit the accelerator, striking the officer and pinning him against his car, said New Port Richey police Chief Kim Bogart. The officer received a severe cut on his head.
Stanley along with two passengers made it to Green Key Road, where two other officers tried to block them. He rammed one officer's car, Bogart said, and tried to ram the other as he broke through the roadblock.
Bogart said that when those two officers chased the car onto U.S. 19, the lead officer suddenly slowed to make a turn. The officer behind him crashed into his cruiser, immobilizing them both, and the three men got away.
The car was found abandoned on Sun High Drive. Stanley was found after a search.
The Sheriff's Office, which assisted because the chase led into county jurisdiction, released photos of the men they said were passengers in the car. They were still being sought Friday afternoon.
The injured officer was treated at the scene, Bogart said, and is in good condition.
"He got stitches and went right back to work," he said.
Jail records show that Stanley was arrested last month on two counts of armed robbery and one count of tampering with a witness. He was charged Friday with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.