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Orange County sheriff's deputy seriously injured in crash

Man suffers broken bones, lacerations to face

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orange County deputy responding to a call suffered broken bones and lacerations to his face in a crash early Wednesday in Orlando.

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The wreck happened around 3:45 a.m. on Oak Ridge Road near Texas Avenue as the deputy was headed to a call about shots being fired.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Andrew Bryant, 25, of Orlando, noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and thought it was possibly involved in the shooting.  Bryant turned around to pursue the vehicle and his cruiser was T-boned by another vehicle, officials said.

The vehicle being pursued by the deputy got away. 

The occupants of the car involved in the crash, identified as Rafael Harrison, 29, of Orlando, and Antione Ladson, 21, of Orlando, ran off but were quickly caught and taken to a hospital with minor injuries, officials said. 

Harrison was booked into Orange County jail on possession of firearm, possession of cannabis and possession of cocaine charges.

The deputy was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, officials said.

A sheriff's deputy is injured in a crash in Orlando.
A sheriff's deputy is injured in a crash in Orlando.

"He's going to be OK," Orange County sheriff's Lt. Mike Crabb said.  "He'll have some rehabilitation and he's going to be out.  We're going to be missing a deputy on the street, unfortunately, for a little while."

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