OAK HILL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A New Jersey man accused of attempted murder and aggravated battery was given $325,000 bond by a Volusia County judge on Wednesday.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Walsh, 21, tried to run over a deputy and another woman with his car at a convenience store in Oak Hill a day earlier.
Deputies say it all began when a teenage girl's mother contacted them, saying her daughter was with Walsh, against her parent's wishes. She said her daughter wanted gas money to leave the state with Walsh. When deputies found Walsh's car at a convenience store on N. U.S. Highway 1, they say he had three girls with him -- two ages 16 and one 17.
"Next thing you know, you heard the loud crash, and when you heard the loud crash, the kid run right into the police car," said Wanda Norris, who lives across the street.
Deputies say after they questioned the girls and Walsh, Walsh jumped in his car and sped away, they say he then turned around and started driving right at the deputy and the mother of one of the girls. Both the deputy and the woman were able to dodge out of the way, before Walsh slammed his car into the deputy's patrol car, investigators say.
"I heard a girl say, 'Hey, you could have killed us!' He said, 'I love you!' She said, 'I love you too, but you could have killed us!'" Norris explained.
Two of the teens had minor injuries and were checked out at the hospital and released.