A Zephyrhills man was arrested after breaking into a Zephyrhills police car early Sunday morning, according to authorities.
About 3:45 a.m. Sunday, an officer was parked at a home at 5938 16th Ave. conducting an unrelated investigation when Kevin Michael Price, 24, was asked to leave the home by the owner.
When the officer exited the house, he saw Price, 5939 20th St., closing the driver’s side rear door, police said. The officer found a piece of the clear partition, used to separate the front and back seats, lying on the rear seat.
Price refused to place his hands behind his back as the officer demanded, and instead began to run, according to the arrest report. As he ran, Price yelled, “Don’t mess with me man,” the report said.
After a two-block foot chase, Price fell to the ground. When he stood up, he began swinging at the officer, hitting him twice in the chest, the report said.
After jumping two fences, Price hid near bushes in his back yard. He was caught and taken into custody. He was taken to the Land O’ Lakes Jail after being medically cleared at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, the report said.
Price, who remains in jail with a $10,150 bond, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, auto burglary and resisting arrest without violence.