Paralyzed man eludes police twice in one week | Crime
Pasco County, Florida -- A man who is paralyzed from the waist down was arrested in Sumter County on multiple warrants -- including attempted murder on two deputies -- after eluding capture twice in one week.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Terry Yates could drive by using a stick or crutch-like object to operate the gas and brake pedals.
On April 3, Yates was spotted by police driving a stolen vehicle. Deputies set up a perimeter in the area of Clay Sink Road and Devils Creek Road and began tracking Yates with a helicopter. Yates was able to escape when the chopper had to refuel.
Then on April 6, Yates was spotted again in a stolen vehicle and took police on a chase into a green swamp area in Lacoochee, where he again eluded deputies.
Finally on April 8, police learned Yates was in a home in the 39000 block of Mercer Road in Lacoochee. When authorities arrived, he fled in a Jeep Cherokee onto State Road 575.
Investigators say when a deputy spotted Yates' Cherokee hiding in a cut-out area and began to approach the vehicle, Yates tried to run her over. Yates then allegedly tried to run over another deputy while he was attempting to deploy stop sticks in the road.
The deputy fired multiple shots at Yates' Cherokee, but he still got away.
Yates was finally caught at 471 and 788 in Sumter County. Police recovered a handgun he had thrown out of the car just before he was apprehended, as well as various drugs inside the car.
He is now charged with 2 counts of Attempted Murder on Law Enforcement, along with various charges from multiple warrants.