By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 25, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man has been arrested, accused of aggravated assault on a Florida State University Police officer.
Following an investigation, 19-year-old Zacquize Harace was arrested Thursday.
According to arrest documents, at approximately 10:45 a.m. Thursday, an FSU Police officer was working residence hall move-in duty on West Jefferson Street when he was flagged down by a passing motorist.
The driver, later identified as Zacquize Harace, asked the officer for directions. The officer says that's when he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer directed the driver to pull into a nearby parking lot, where he then asked him to park and turn off the vehicle.
The arrest report says Harace suddenly put the car in reverse and accelerated back towards Jefferson Street at a high rate of speed. During the maneuver, the passenger side mirror of the vehicle caught the officer's traffic vest, pulling him along with it. The officer stated that he had to brace himself on the window frame of the car to avoid being thrown to the ground and run over. The officer was able to break free on Jefferson Street, and the vehicle fled the scene heading westbound.
All nearby FSUPD units were alerted to the incident and given a description of the vehicle and tag number.
Officers located the vehicle and followed it briefly before the driver began driving recklessly. An attempt to stop the vehicle was unsuccessful.
The arrest report states that the suspect ran a red light on Call Street and pulled out in front of a Star Metro bus. The bus had to stop to avoid hitting the suspect's vehicle. Police say the near-collision was so close that the bus driver thought the she had actually hit the car.
Minutes later, the car was found abandoned with a flat tire in the area of Basin Street and Arizona Street. A driver's license belonging to Zacquize Harace was found inside of the vehicle.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office and Tallahassee Police Department responded to the scene to assist.
Harace was located and taken into custody. The officer positively identified him as the driver involved in the incident.
Harace is being held at the Leon County Jail, charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and felony fleeing and eluding.