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DEVELOPING STORY: Brazil man arrested after early morning pursuit, officer injured

Monday, October 12, 2009

A local police officer was injured during a 20-minute pursuit with a Brazil man early Monday morning.

Richard J. Hoffman Jr., 56, is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on a $10,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) for his alleged involvement in a pursuit involving the Brazil Police and the Clay County Sheriff's departments shortly before 4:30 a.m.

According to a press release by the Brazil Police Department, officers attempted to pull over the driver of the grey Chevrolet pickup truck, but the he refused to stop. During the pursuit with officers, the driver slammed on the truck's brakes, put it in reverse and rammed one BPD vehicle backward until it hit a CCSD vehicle. The driver tried to ram the vehicles again, unsuccessfully.

Officers followed the driver to a residence on west Rio Grande Road (County Road 1200 North) where he was taken into custody. Complaining of chest pains, officers arranged for Hoffman to be transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by TransCare personnel, where he was treated and later released.

Officials confirmed an alcohol test determined Hoffman's blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.14.

Suffering from neck and back injuries sustained in the accident, a BPD patrolman was also transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital. He was treated and later released.

Hoffman preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle, battery with a vehicle resulting in bodily injury, driving while suspended and driving with an expired registration plate.

Officials confirm the incident remains under investigation and a case report will be turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for review and further potential charges to be filed in the matter.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Thanks for getting this man off the roads. Bless the officers.

Good Job!!!!

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Mon, Oct 12, 2009, at 5:38 PM

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