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Pompano Beach Driver Jailed For Striking Deputies

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Joshua James (Source: Broward Sheriffs Office)

Joshua James (Source: Broward Sheriffs Office)

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POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – A Pompano Beach man who is no stranger to the law when it comes to driving violations is behind bars after he allegedly ran over the feet of two Broward Sheriff’s deputies.

It all began Sunday morning around 12:40 a.m., when a deputy pulled over 26-year old Joshua James in the parking lot of a Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 400 block of W Atlantic Boulevard.

When a second deputy arrived as back up, both approached the James’ vehicle; one of the driver’s side, the other on the passenger side.

The sheriff’s office said first deputy tried to talk with James through the open window who he described as fidgety and refused to comply with the commands.

At one point, James hit the gas and struck both deputies as he sped off. Deputies followed James to the Tivoli apartment complex where he took off on foot. During the pursuit two BSO vehicles were involved in minor single vehicle accidents.

A deputy with a K-9 was brought in and they tracked James to an apartment. The sheriff’s office said he refused to surrender peacefully, was “apprehended with the help of a BSO K9”.

James was taken to the N. Broward Medical Center where he was treated for a dog bite.

James was charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing police, reckless driving, driving on a permanently revoked license, probation violation and driving with a stolen license plate. He’s being held without bond.

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