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Deputy And K-9 partner arrest 2 in separate incidents

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Torrens is facing battery and resisting arrest charges. Torrens is facing battery and resisting arrest charges.
PALM HARBOR, FL (WFLA) - A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy and his canine partner are being praised for making two arrests in separate incidents early Saturday, including one where another deputy was injured.

About 2 a.m. Saturday Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Viano and canine partner Chief tracked an intoxicated man who fled a house on McLean Street in Dunedin after resisting arrest, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office news release stated. Deputy Jana Demperio broke her leg when she tried to arrest Jacob Patrick Torrens, 18, of 956 Franklin Court in Palm Harbor, during a domestic-related call.

Viano and Chief found Torrens, a block from the McLean Street house. He continued to resist and sustained laceration to his arms and legs and a bump on the head, authorities said. He received treatment at Mease Dunedin Hospital then taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Torrens faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

Shortly after 3 a.m., Viano and Chief responded to another incident at Forest Grove Boulevard and County Road 1 in Palm Harbor. Deputies received a 911 call about a man attempting to break in cars.

Authorities said the suspect tried to flee the scene in a stolen pickup truck, crashed into a mailbox on Stonehenge Way then tried to run away.

Viano, who joined the force in 2000, and Chief found Justin A. Nicholas, 25, of 723 Riveridge Drive in Tarpon Springs, hiding under a vehicle at 1450 Saddle Drive and took him into custody.

Nicholas faces six counts of attempted burglary, grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding, driving with license suspended or revoked and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

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