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Deputies: Canine helps capture man who struck corporal

Richard Carter, 24, arrested after pursuit

Photo provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Photo provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office

LAKE CITY, Fla. – A 24-year-old man was taken into custody Wednesday after he struck a deputy and led authorities on a car chase, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to U.S. 41 and Northwest Fiddlers Lane around 3 p.m. and located a truck parked with no one around it.

As the deputy was checking the vehicle, Richard Carter of White Springs came from out of the nearby woods.

Corporal Patrick Ross began investigating the incident and checked Carter's name in the computer system, where he learned that Carter had an active warrant for failing to appear in court for a previous drug charge.

When Ross advised Carter he was under arrest, Carter resisted, struck Ross and ran back into the woods with Ross in a foot pursuit, Columbia deputies said.

Carter then ran back to his truck and drove off.

Deputies said other responding units saw Carter drive into the woods off Northwest Gar Pond Road and come out on U.S. 41 near White Springs.

Additional deputies called in for backup were able to intercept Carter on the roadway as he fled south on U.S. 41 with units in pursuit.

Carter's truck became stuck in a ditch off White Springs Road after a Columbia County deputy used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle, deputies said.

Deputies said Carter attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by a K-9 deputy and his canine after a short track.

Carter was arrested for the active warrant he was initially wanted on, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing and attempting to elude, according to Columbia County deputies.

Carter was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility. No bond information is available at this time.