Man Tried to Steal Truck at Site of Fatal Crash in Florida

September 7, 2011

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy was injured in an altercation with a man who tried to steal a pickup truck from a witness at the scene of a crash that killed two people.

Authorities say 20-year-old Colby Wade Cardoso stopped his vehicle early Monday near the crash site on U.S. Highway 301 and tried to start a truck belonging to a witness.

Deputies say Cardoso ran when the truck didn’t stop and was pursued by 53-year-old Deputy Carl Luis. The deputy caught up with Cardoso and tried to detain him. Cardoso violently resisted, hitting the deputy in the hands and neck. The suspect, who tried to take the deputy’s gun, received upper body injuries.

Both were taken to the hospital. Cardoso now faces multiple charges, including resisting arrest with violence.

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