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Man arrested after crashing into Melbourne police car, police say

He is facing charges of eluding and aggravated assault of law enforcement

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Melbourne Police Department said a man was arrested after crashing into a police car on Friday.

Terry Johnson, 39, is facing charges of eluding, four counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on law enforcement officers, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.

Police said an officer attempted a traffic stop and the suspect backed up and backed toward the path the officer was walking and nearly struck the officer with a truck

Investigators said officers initiated a pursuit.

The pursuit started in the area of University Boulevard and Grant Street, according to police.

Officers said the suspect attempted to elude investigators for about six minutes and drove through south Melbourne into northern Palm Bay.

Authorities said they used stop sticks on Palm Bay Road.

Police said while officers got out of the police vehicle the suspect accelerated his truck and struck the police vehicle.

No one was injured in the incident.


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