Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Caught on Cam: High-speed chase ends in swamp arrest

Caught on Cam: High-speed chase ends in swamp arrest

Paul Daniel Smith was nearly entirely submerged in mud when he was located by Pasco County deputies.

The driver, Paul Daniel Smith, almost struck deputies on the side of the road, and then fled by foot into a nearby swamp after exiting his vehicle.

K9 Knox, Deputy Rob Wilkins and Corporal Andrew Denbo followed him into the swamp and located him nearly entirely hidden in the mud.

It all began Tuesday when a Hernando County Sheriff's deputy attempted to arrest Smith, who fought back and fled with one handcuff on his wrist.

Body cam footage captured the moments that police found Smith submerged in water and mud up to his chin.

The driver, Paul Smith, ran into a densely wooded, swampy area but K-9 Knox, deputy Rob Wilkins and Cpl.

In the video, Smith asks an officer not to "cuff him too tight". He also drove at Pasco deputies, narrowly missing them, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Eventually, the suspect was taken into custody and charged for flee to elude, aggravated assault on an officer, and violation of probation. He was transported to a nearby hospital for medical clearance.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said it received a domestic disturbance call on Tuesday, reported the Tampa Bay Times. At one point, he even slowed down and Tara Berger, 31, jumped out of the passenger side of the truck - police arrested her for lying to LEO during a felony investigation.

Jail records show he has previously been arrested on drug possession, petty theft and scheming to commit fraud charges.

As for Knox, he was spotted wagging his tail Wednesday at a press conference.

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