Palm Beach County, Florida --- The crash that investigators say happened at 104 mph led to the arrest of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy and left another man with serious injuries.
Deputy Brandon Hegele’s trial on a charge of reckless driving is scheduled to start on Aug. 28.
The crash that led to Hegele’s arrest happened May 7, 2016 and sent then 60-year-old Harry Deshommes to the hospital.
Deshommes had a brain injury, fractured skull, a broken left arm, back, ribs and pelvis and had to have his spleen removed, according to court documents.
Brandon Hegele was driving 104 mph westbound on Southern Boulevard when he plowed into the Smart car Deshommes was driving, investigators say.
At the time of the crash, Hegele was on the lookout for a suspect vehicle in connection to a felony, but investigators said he was told three times not to pursue or try to stop the Dashcam video shows him change lanes nine times and only turning on his emergency lights to go through intersections, investigators say. This coupled with the crash led to charges of reckless driving.
Hegele has been on unpaid leave since September 2016. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.