PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2014) – An Indiana teenager was arrested in Florida after police say he hit a deputy and three police cars while leading police on a chase in Panama City Beach. At one point, police said the teen went the wrong way down a busy street in an attempt to evade police.
On Wednesday night, police saw what appeared to be “illegal narcotics activity” involving Braeshawn Kendrick Boyd, 19, New Albany. When police approached Boyd’s red Honda Civic, he took off, hitting a deputy and going east on Thomas Drive.
The deputy alerted other law enforcement about the car, and additional police saw the car heading east with its headlights turned off.
Several vehicles from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop Boyd, but he moved his car into the westbound lane and continued going in the wrong direction. A few seconds later, Boyd crashed the Honda into the shoulder of the road. A deputy put his car in front of Boyd’s vehicle to prevent him from going anywhere; two other deputies moved their cruisers behind the deputy’s car.
Police said Boyd managed to get his car to start again and drove past the first police car, knocking it into the two cars behind it. Another deputy positioned his car behind Boyd’s Honda to keep it from backing up and driving away.
When deputies approached Boyd, he fought with them until they put him in handcuffs. Emergency medical crews treated Boyd at the scene. Two Bay County sheriff’s deputies were taken to an area hospital for treatment and were later released.
Boyd was charged with three counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, two counts of felony criminal mischief, two counts of resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence, three counts of aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and disorderly conduct.
He was taken to the Bay County Jail.