By Matt Wiley | May 26
A Land O’ Lakes man remains in custody at our press time after allegedly stealing and crashing a vehicle, attempting to carjack another vehicle and resisting arrest with force, while in the process attempting to take a deputy’s weapon and radio.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Paul Jeremiah Brock, 29, of 4511 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., was arrested just after 4 p.m. on May 26, after stealing a grey Toyota Camry from a home on Jam Ln. in Odessa and crashing the vehicle on Woodsman Dr., north of Mangrove Dr., in the Angus Valley area of Wesley Chapel.
The PCSO report says Brock returned to the vehicle as a passenger in a green Ford truck while deputies were investigating the crash of the stolen vehicle. Brock was identified and the truck was pulled over. However, when instructed by deputies to show their hands, only the driver cooperated. Brock attempted to hit the gas, but the truck was turned off, at which point he repeatedly attempted to start the ignition while struggling with the driver.
The report says attempts to subdue Brock with a Tazer failed, but one deputy was able to get him out of the vehicle. Brock then wrestled with the two deputies on scene and attempted to obtain one deputy’s firearm. While attempting to restrain Brock, a deputy sprayed pepper spray into Brock’s face. The suspect dislodged one deputy’s radio before being handcuffed and shackled at the ankles.
Brock was still being held at our press time on a $120,001 bond at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center and was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon or firearm, depriving an officer of means of communication, attempted carjacking, resisting an officer with violence, driving with a suspended or revoked license and grand theft of a motor vehicle. The report says the incident could be drug-related.