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Sebring man accused of attempting to run over officers

FORT MYERS - A Sebring man who was shot by Lee County deputies after he allegedly nearly ran over a deputy remained in the Lee County jail Thursday without bond.

Joshua Lee Young, 26, 618 Lemans Drive, Sebring, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and charged with fleeing, grand theft of a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with damage to property, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement and driving while license suspended.

Hope Cherie Kimber, 25, of Arcadia, a woman who was with him in the vehicle, was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and dealing in stolen property.

The incident on March 2 leading to the arrest began when Lee County deputies were checking on a possible stolen car at a gas station, according to a press release.

Initially, the deputies talked with Kimber, but Kimber moved away from the vehicle and Young rammed two squad cars with it, the report said. When Young nearly ran over a deputy, deputies shot him, the press release said.

Despite being shot, Young continued through the parking lot and crashed into a semi trailer, the press release said. At that point, the report said, Young bailed from the vehicle and unsuccessfully attempted to flee.