A Boca Raton man released from prison in January after serving more than five years is back in custody after he allegedly rammed an undercover detective’s vehicle and then fled, according to an arrest report.
Police were conducting surveillance Aug. 18 on Bryan Christopher Hath and following him when he put his car in reverse and smashed into the detective’s vehicle, Boca Raton police said. Hath was being monitored because he had an active warrant for burglary.
Hath is facing charges of aggravated battery on an officer and fleeing and eluding. Hath, 36, is also facing charges of burglary and grand theft. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $28,500 bail.
The detective tried to stop Hath’s vehicle after noticing that Hath had recognized him as a police officer, the report said.
Hath accelerated eastbound on Hopalong Lane before coming to a complete stop at 467 Hopalong Lane.
“He then paused for a moment and I observed the vehicle’s light indicators in reverse,” the detective wrote in the report. “Hath accelerated quickly and rammed the front of my unmarked vehicle with the rear of his Honda.”
The detective, who was not injured, got out of his car and pointed his gun at Hath, who fled in his vehicle.
At one point, Hath drove on a sidewalk and through a yard in order to escape. Out of concern for public safety, Hath was not pursued.
Court records show Hath was arrested Wednesday.
State records show that Hath was released from prison Jan. 15 after serving more than five years following his conviction on 25 charges, mostly for fraud and burglary.