DUNEDIN – A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy ended up with a broken leg after falling while trying to arrest a Palm Harbor man March 15.
Deputies responded to a domestic-related call about 2 a.m. outside a home on Mclean Street in Dunedin. According to the sheriff’s report, the intoxicated man resisted when Deputy Jana Demperio, 46, tried to arrest him. Deputies said Jacob P. Torrens, 18 pushed and pulled away, and then struck Demperio in the arm breaking free from her hold. She fell onto the sidewalk and broke her leg. A second deputy who assisted was not injured.
After breaking free, Torrens ran east on Mclean. Deputy Jacob Viano, 40, and his K-9, Chief, responded and tracked Torrens, who was located about a block away hiding behind a wall. K-9 Chief apprehended the Torrens, who continued to be “non-compliant,” the report said.
Torrens suffered lacerations to his arms and legs, and a bump on his head. He was transported by ambulance to Mease Dunedin Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was later transported to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with battery on law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence. He was released on $10,000 surety bond at 12:28 p.m. March 15.
Demperio has worked for the sheriff’s office since Sept. 25, 2000. Viano has been employed at PCSO since Nov. 6, 2000.