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Deputy released from hospital after being run over by teen, cops say

Teen sought on attempted murder charges

An Orange County sheriff's deputy suffered severe head injuries when she was deliberately run over Friday morning by a teenager on whom she was serving a warrant, according to authorities.

Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Marcy Pearce was hurt in the incident, which happened around 7:35 a.m. on High Street near Roush Avenue in east Orange County, officials said.

"The juvenile had active custody orders, and when confronted by Sgt. Pearce, the juvenile fled, deliberately hitting the sergeant and causing injuries," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Pearce heard the car's engine revving up before she was struck.

Pearce was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries to her head, back, hand and foot, according to Demings. Officials said Pearce's injuries were not considered life-threatening and she was released from ORMC just before 4 p.m.

"We are keeping our injured deputy in our thoughts and prayers," the Orange County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The 15-year-old, identified by Demings as Jancarlos Ortiz, fled in a white Honda hatchback with black rims and remains on the loose, deputies said.

Authorities are asking Ortiz to turn himself in. He faces attempted murder charges.

Pearce has been with the Sheriff's Office for more than two decades.

Demings said Ortiz was previously arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement official, fleeing, armed burglary, grand theft and trespassing.

No other details were immediately known.

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