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Deputy's leg injured during car chase

A sheriff's deputy suffered leg injuries New Year's Day when he had to jump out of the way of a vehicle during a car chase that looked as if it had come to an end. Deputy Sheriff James Bettineschi was injured in the right knee and leg when the driver of the car suddenly hit the accelerator as Bettineschi and another deputy approached to make an arrest. The car driven by William Allan Peacock had come to a stop at a dead end on Powerline Road. The chase resumed for a short time but abruptly ended when Peacock's car crashed in woods in Sumter County. The original chase began about 5:41 a.m. after deputies tried to stop Peacock's car on Kettering Road when, they said, his headlights were out, according to an affidavit. After being "medically cleared," Peacock, 32, was locked in the Hernando County Jail. He was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer. His bail was set at $15,000. No further information on the deputy's injuries was available.

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