Man charged with hitting officer with car during chase, police said
A 23-year-old Clearwater man has been charged with hitting an officer with his car while trying to run from police, authorities said. The officer received minor injuries after being struck by the passenger mirror and passenger side of the vehicle, said Elizabeth Watts, spokeswoman for the Clearwater Police Department. Derrick L. Scudder was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana and crack cocaine with intent to distribute, Watts said. Barry Miller, 25, who was also in the car, was charged with burglary of a business, Watts said.Officers went to the Ross Norton Apartments, 1450 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., about 12:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a vehicle with several people waving guns, Watts said. An officer got out of his cruiser and Scudder drove right at him, Watts said. The officer jumped out of the way but was hit by the passenger mirror and passenger side of the vehicle, Watts said. Officer chased the suspects, who crashed at Druid Road and U.S. 19. Scudder, Miller and another man got out and ran to the Lowe's at Clearwater Mall, Watts said. A helicopter spotted the two men on the store's roof and officers used a ladder truck to arrest them, Watts said. Multiple guns and drugs were discovered in the suspect's 2012 Volvo: A 40 caliber Glock, a 40 caliber Smith and Wesson, a 9 mm Glock extended 30 round magazine, eight pounds of marijuana, five grams of cocaine and 1 ½ grams of ecstasy. Officers are still searching for the third suspect.