Driver hits North Palm Beach officer after failing to stop during pursuit, police say

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — A North Palm Beach Police Department officer was hit by a driver during a police chase in North Palm Beach County on Christmas Eve.

North Palm Beach Police spokesman Sgt. The officer attempted to stop a speeding vehicle driven by John Michael Marshall of Lake Worth Beach. Lou Pearson said.

Instead of stopping, however, Marshall, 22, continued north on US 1 and out of the city limits before eventually stopping in the 1900 block of Kathy Lane.

The officer verbally ordered Marshall to get out of the vehicle several times, but the driver ignored the requests, Pearson said.

Images show a car crashing into a tree and damaging a nearby mailbox following a police pursuit near North Palm Beach.

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Images show a car crashing into a tree and damaging a nearby mailbox following a police pursuit near North Palm Beach.

According to Pearson, Marshall then reversed the car and swerved, hitting the officer’s leg and crashing into a mailbox and a tree. The suspect then fled the scene by car.

Officers are continuing their pursuit with the assistance of neighboring agencies, police said.

The car was found abandoned shortly after.

North Palm Beach detectives identified Marshall and arrested him.

The injured officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to hospital for treatment with unspecified injuries.

Marshall faces charges of aggravated battery of an officer and fleeing/evading police.

Palm Beach County Jail records show he is being held without bond.