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Handcuffed Suspect Punches Deputy, Flees to Pasco, Capture Caught on Video

LAND O’ LAKES – A violent altercation between a Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Domestic Violence Suspect led to a pursuit into Pasco County where the suspect was found hiding in a swamp.

The incident began yesterday afternoon at Veterans Park on Spring Hill Drive. That’s where a Deputy made contact with 34-year-old Paul Smith and discovered the tag was stolen on his blue Ford F150. The Deputy was able to place one handcuff on Smith before he turned and punched the Deputy, and then stole his radio. Smith jumped into the vehicle and fled towards Pasco County with his ex-girlfriend, 31-year-old Tara Berger.

Pasco Deputies spotted the vehicle traveling southbound on US-41 and pursued the vehicle until reaching the area of Little Lake Thomas Road. That’s where Berger jumped out of the vehicle and was detained. Smith then turned and headed towards deputies before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot into a heavily wooded and swampy area.

After a near hour-long search with a K-9 Unit, Smith was found hiding in a few feet of water and taken into custody. Pasco County Provided video of the capture: FOLLOW THIS LINK OR CLICK BELOW. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office does not utilize body worn cameras.

Hernando County has charged Smith with Escape, Battery LEO, Resist Arrest w/Violence, and Reckless Driving. Pasco has charged Smith with Flee to Elude, Aggravated Assault on LEO, and Violation of Probation.

Because Berger was untruthful during the investigation, she was charged with providing false information during a felony investigation.

There is no word on the deputy’s condition who was punched by Smith during the altercation.

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  • JUST US!? Really your handle name suits you quite well everything is about you or about us correct? You are racist and you do realize that racism will never go away until people like you quit bringing it up and making it an issue so what does just us mean our lives only matter sorry to inform you but all lives matter good day!!!

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:09 pm
  • Wow people amaze me unreal that’s probably the most brilliant thing I’ve read or seen somebody do in a while quite a while that is NOT!!! Idiot if he’s a woman beater if she’s the one that he beats on all the time they have tied into a tree let her beat on him for a while and then fed him to the damn alligators, then again if he is beating on her and she chooses to stay with him she’s just too stupid women beaters are complete cowards they’re just like pedofiles they can’t be healed or changed like Betty says just shoot them

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:01 pm
  • He was lucky to be found by a Bloodhound. They just want to lick you.

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:55 am
  • They should have let the alligators get him!

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:20 am
  • drain the swamp!

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:29 am
  • Wow he lost a lot of hair

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:18 am
  • Should have stripped him and tied him to a stump. Let the bugs have him for a couple of days.

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 6:21 pm
  • A slight adjustment on this idiots punishment. Twenty five lashes while tied to a tree and than,,,,,,,shootem. This idiots problems solved

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:23 pm
  • After all that, he should have got bit!

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:18 pm
  • Black guy would not have been shot cuz not everything is rasist like you may think

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:58 pm
  • Black guy would have been shot.

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:22 pm
    • You are an idiot.

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:59 pm
    • As it should be…….

      Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:28 am
    • What a p.o.s. racist pig you are. Not everyone or everything is about racism you A criminal is a criminal, no matter what your flesh color is. What a pathetic loser..

      Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:57 am
  • swamp thang

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:06 pm

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