Wanted Man Drags Policeman by Truck

A wanted man dragged a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy during his attempt to escape arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Byron Beasley performed a routine tag check of a 2005 Ford F150 around 1:15 this morning while on patrol.

The driver pulled into a gas station parking lot at Orient Road and Broadway Avenue as the tag number came back, confirming the vehicle belonged to David Solano, wanted on four outstanding felony warrants.

The sheriff’s office says as Deputy Beasley walked over to Solano’s truck, he heard him start the engine again.

As Deputy Beasley reached into the truck in an attempt to turn off the ignition, Solano accelerated, dragging the deputy.

Deputy Beasley fired his gun, hitting the side door of the truck.

Solano took off from the scene, but his truck was later found by Tampa Police in the area of 59th Street.  A police officer spotted Solano and chased him down, taking him into custody.

Both the officer and Solano were transported to Tampa General because the officer injured his leg during the pursuit and Solano was complaining of neck pain.

Solano will be booked into the Hillsborough County jail once he is medically cleared.

He’ll face additional charges as a result of the getaway.

Deputy Beasley will be placed on paid administrative leave, as routine when a deputy fires his/her weapon, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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