Deputy recovering after being injured trying to arrest burglary suspect
Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeff Hurt injured in car crash
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy described what happened when he was injured while trying to arrest a burglary suspect.
Deputy Jeff Hurt was injured last Thursday while trying to arrest 34-year-old Joshua Boyce. Hurt suffered bruises and cuts.
"When I flew across my seat, my seatbelt shoulder strap probably got me there," said Hurt, showing off a bruise on his bicep.
Another deputy, Mike Gardner, suffered a broken leg when investigators say Boyce ran the deputy down in his car. Boyce was shot in the leg, but he continued driving away.
"Before I knew it, he hit the right rear passenger door of my unit and spun me around," said Hurt. "He never hit the brakes. He never slowed, he never veered. Someone told me they estimated between 55 to 60 miles per hour... One of the sergeants that was behind me said my car actually lifted off the ground."
While Hurt shook off the crash, other deputies arrested Boyce at A1A and Hillsboro Boulevard.
"They had him at gunpoint. They kept ordering him out of the car, out of the car," said Hurt. "At this point, I was out of wind. I had the wind knocked out of me. I fell to the ground."
Hurt, a 23-year BSO veteran, said he felt lucky to be alive.
"For the fact that this guy put a deputy on the ground and the fact that he was going to harm, kill more people, I'd have to do it again," he said.
Gardner has been released from the hospital.
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