Palm Harbor, Florida -- What began as a reckless driving incident quickly turned into something more violent, and more serious Friday- sparking a police chase that involved a violent crash, and ended with a local man behind bars.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, two deputies were initially called because a man was recklessly weaving in and out of lanes near U.S. 19 and Curlew Road.
They spotted the driver, 34-year-old John Raymond Diede, on U.S. 19 near Nebraska Avenue, and attempted to pull him over, but he refused.
Diede drove about a half mile more before they say he finally stopped near Alderman Road, and that's when things turned violent.
Both deputies parked near Deide's car, when reports say he drove forward and hit one of their cruiser doors, just as the deputy was getting out.
He then kept driving forward- swerving and hitting the other deputy's cruiser before they say he intentionally rammed into another driver's car in an effort to push through the intersection and get away.
Both deputies ordered Diede to get out of his car, but had to break his window and use a taser-like device to get him to cooperate.
Diede was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a vehicle on a law enforcement officer (twice), reckless driving, aggravated battery with a vehicle, resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding.
Both deputies were treated for minor injuries from the ordeal.
An investigation is still underway, though officials have said they do not believe Diede was intoxicated.
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