A man who rammed an deputy's unmarked car was arrested Thursday after leading authorities on a pursuit across Broward and Palm Beach counties, officials said.
The events began about 1 a.m. when deputies tried to stop Vincent Smith, 20, in the parking lot of Renegades, a country bar and grill at 600 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Smith then rammed the deputy's car and sped off in a Ford Focus, southbound on Interstate 95, the Sheriff's Office said.
Smith drove into Broward County but turned around and headed back into Palm Beach County, where deputies eventually flattened the Focus' tires using Stop Sticks near the Northlake Boulevard exit ramp off I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens.
Deputies said Smith ran from the disabled car but was caught after a brief chase at about 2 a.m.
The Sheriff's Office hasn't said why deputies tried to stop Smith in the bar's parking lot, only saying that deputies were conducting an investigation there.
A warrant for Smith's arrest had been issued Aug. 26 for the charge of driving without a valid license.
This incident isn't the first chase Smith was involved in, records show.
It was April 28 when Boynton Beach police said they were chasing a stolen BMW that Smith was a passenger in, down Hypoluxo Road near South 14th Street. The chase ended in a crash that left five people injured, including two children, according to a Boynton Beach Police arrest report.
In a separate incident, Smith was arrested July 30 at Renegades after a tipster alleged that Smith and two other men were planning on shooting people at the bar. Police searched their car to find three loaded guns along with $600 in cash and methylone, also known as "Molly," according to the report.
State records show 13 previous arrests for Smith as an adult but the charges in those cases all were dropped. He was cited for two crashes in 2013. Meanwhile, he has received 13 traffic tickets since 2009, records show.
In Thursday's incident, Smith was booked into Palm Beach County Jail and faces fleeing and eluding law enforcement, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and driving while license suspended or revoked.
Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.