The Latest: Sheriff says teen intentionally ran over deputy

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Posted: Feb 19, 2016 10:59 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a sheriff's deputy in Orlando who authorities say was deliberately run over by a 15-year-old boy:

10:35 a.m.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says a deputy who was deliberately run over by a 15-year-old boy has serious injuries to her head, back, hand and foot.

Authorities say the deputy, Sgt. Mary Pearce, had an order to take the teen into custody on Friday morning. He ran over her as she approached a vehicle he was in. He then fled.

The sheriff says Pearce heard the car's engine revving up before she was hit. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Authorities are seeking help from the public in locating him. Demings described him as dangerous. The teen has a previous arrest for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Pearce has been with the agency for more than two decades.

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9:40 a.m.

Law enforcement officials say a juvenile deliberately ran over a deputy near Orlando, and authorities are still looking for the suspect.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that Sgt. Mary Pearce had active custody orders for the juvenile. The statement says that when confronted by Pearce on Friday morning, the juvenile fled in a vehicle, striking her.

The statement says the juvenile then left the scene in a vehicle.

The sheriff's office says Pearce was taken to a hospital with injuries. The news release doesn't provide further details about Pearce or the juvenile. The sheriff is expected to give more information at a briefing outside the hospital later Friday.

The sheriff's office says via Twitter that officials are keeping the injured deputy in their thoughts and prayers.