Suspect pushes Manatee deputy during chase

BRADENTON, Fla. -- A driver who was observed driving erratically got out of his car and charged at a Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy overnight Wednesday.

Lawrence Wright, 40, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer after he shoved the deputy in an attempt to escape arrest during a traffic stop at the 600 block of 33rd Avenue East around 12:43 a.m.

Wright had stopped his car in a driveway, but got out and ran at the deputy as the deputy was trying to assess if Wright was driving while impaired.

The suspect continued to run along 33rd Ave. E. while  the deputy issued multiple warnings that he would use his electronic control device on the suspect. Wright continued to run and the deputy used the ECD once, but it did not subdue Wright.

Wright evaded capture and was located in a field behind Rowlett Elementary. After Wright ignored multiple commands to stop, MCSO deployed a K-9 officer to apprehend the man. Wright suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital before being transported to Manatee County Jail.

Deputies were able to locate a baggie of an unidentified narcotics that Wright had allegedly dropped during the chase.

In addition to the battery charge, Wright was charged with obstruction of justice, possession of narcotics, trespassing on school grounds and driving with a suspended license.

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