Sarasota Officer Hit by Burglary Suspect’s Vehicle, Suspect in Custody

Mark Thomas, 22, is now facing charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing to elude with disregard for safety, the Sarasota Police Department confirmed.

A Sarasota (FL) Police Officer was struck by a suspect's vehicle while investigating a burglary Monday.A Sarasota (FL) Police Officer was struck by a suspect's vehicle while investigating a burglary Monday.Photo: Still from Sarasota PD Video

The suspect accused of hitting a Sarasota, FL, police officer with a car while fleeing a vehicle burglary Monday afternoon has been arrested in Broward County, authorities said.

Mark Thomas, 22, is now facing charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing to elude with disregard for safety, the Sarasota Police Department confirmed. He was arrested at a probation office in Broward Wednesday afternoon, Fox 13 reports.

The department released body camera and surveillance footage of the hit-and-run crash Tuesday, showing the suspect ram into an officer with his car on Bird Key.

The injured officer is recovering at home. 

The suspect has been convicted in multiple crimes since December 2019 and was released from prison on February 2, according to Sarasota police.

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