Man accused of trying to run over Tavares police officer

Officer jumped into bushes to avoid being hit

Derrick Lowe
Derrick Lowe (Tavares Police Department)

TAVARES, Fla. – A Tavares police officer had to jump into nearby bushes to avoid being run over by a fleeing suspect, the Tavares Police Department said.

Police received a call around 4 a.m. Wednesday about someone in a dark-colored Dodge Charger selling drugs in the parking lot of Villa Lagoon motel. When Officer Cullen O'Shea approached the vehicle, a woman jumped out of the car and ran off, police say.

The driver of the Charger, Derrick Lowe, drove toward O'Shea in an attempt to run him over, according to a news release. O'Shea jumped into nearby bushes to dodge the oncoming vehicle. O'Shea and two other officers pursued the vehicle as it sped off on U.S. 441 southbound heading toward Mount Dora.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office helped deploy stop sticks and the vehicle crashed at the corner of U.S. 441 and Pine Avenue in Mount Dora, police said. No one was injured in the crash.

Lowe is charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and elude law enforcement officer with lights and sirens activated, no valid driver’s license and driving under the influence.

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