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Teen charged with assaulting officer during high speed chase

Teen charged with assaulting officer during high speed chase
Posted at 11:16 AM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 11:16:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man is behind bars after police say he dragged an FSU police officer with his car and led police on an high speed chase through Tallahassee. 

Nineteen-year-old Zacquize Harace was arrested Thursday.

According to arrest documents, at around 10:45 a.m. Thursday, an FSU Police officer was helping with residence hall move-in duty on West Jefferson Street when a driver got his attention.

The driver, later identified as Harace, asked the officer for directions.

The officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car while they were talking and told Harace to pull into a nearby parking lot, where he then asked him to park and turn off the car.

The report says Harace quickly put the car in reverse and went back towards Jefferson Street. While doing so, the passenger side mirror of the car caught the officer's traffic vest, pulling him along with it.

The officer stated, "that he had to brace himself on the window frame of the car to avoid being thrown to the ground and run over."

Eventually, the officer was able to get away from the car and the car fled, heading westbound.

Document say responding officers found the car and followed it for a while before Harace began driving recklessly. They say Harace was going over 65 mph in a 35 mph zone. 

They say their attempts to stop the car were unsuccessful.

The suspect continued, running a red light on Call Street and pulling out in front of a Star Metro bus. 

A short time after, the car was found abandoned with a flat tire in the area of Basin Street near Griffin Heights Apartments. Investigators say that Harace's drivers license was found inside of the car.

Harace was taken into custody on Thursday after an investigation.

He is charged with assault on an officer and fleeing arrest. He remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.