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Car burglar attempts to run over police


Authorities in Port St. Lucie are reporting that a car burglar attempted to run two officers over while trying to flee the scene.

The incident occurred on November 24nd near the 600 block of Southwest Gulfspray Terrace.

Officials say they received a call about a man attempting to break into a vehicle. When authorities arrived they found 21-year-old Joseph Miller at the scene attempting to break into a car.  Miller told officials that the car belonged to his girlfriend and that he was trying to get into the car to get something that she left for him and walked back to his own vehicle.

The actual owner of the car told authorities, however, that she had no idea who Miller was. The officer asked Miller to get out of his vehicle at which point, Miller sped towards the officer causing him to jump out of the way.

Several minutes later a motorcycle officer spotted the suspect and attempted to pull him over. Miller then drove directly at the officer, forcing him to swerve to avoid a crash. Miller then slammed into another vehicle at an intersection which caused his vehicle to flip over.

Miller then crawled from the wreck and began running into the woods, however, authorities were able to catch up with him. Miller was then Tasered by officers and taken into custody.

Miller was arrested for burglary, assault on an officer, fleeing/eluding, dealing in stolen property, providing false information to a pawn broker, petit theft, resisting arrest without violence, reckless driving, and violation of probation.

He is currently behind bars in the St. Lucie County Jail.