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Delray Beach police officer arrested on 7 charges, including 3 felonies

(Courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) – A Delray Beach police officer has been arrested on seven charges.

On Sunday the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Peter Sosa, an officer who previously served as a detective, on seven charges including felony criminal mischief of $1,000 or more, felony prevention or obstructing extinguishment of a fire and four misdemeanor counts of failure to obey a law enforcement officer.

Deputies and Palm Beach Fire Rescue responded to residential fire at 50 Barberton on Sunday where they say officials attempted to extinguish the fire when a man later identified as Sosa was seen driving a vehicle with family members out of his driveway at 44 Barberton, which was two houses south of the fire.

The arrest report said the roadway was not drivable but Sosa drove his vehicle anyways. Sosa drove  along a grassy swale, crossing driveways and attempting to dodge the hoses and equipment, according to the report. Officials tried to stop Sosa, however Sosa attempted to back into his driveway, where the occupants exited, the report said.

Then, according to the report, Sosa began driving his vehicle through yards and grass areas until he entered the roadway. He drove over a fire hose, puncturing it, and with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue engineer Thomas Galloway needing to put a pause on stopping the fire. Galloway could not stop Sosa, but the fire was eventually extinguished.

A PBSO deputy then tried to stop Sosa, but he fled the area, and eventually was followed on to Lake Worth Road. Both vehicles were stopped at a red light at the entrance of Florida’s Turnpike. The vehicles proceeded, but about 150-200 feet west of the intersection, Sosa “slammed his brakes, causing the vehicle to go from 40 mph to an abrupt stop,” causing the deputy’s vehicle to lock up and swerve around him, the report said.

The deputy eventually detained Sosa.

Sosa posted a surety bond at the jail Sunday night, made a first appearance Monday, and his bond conditions were modified Friday by Judge Howard Coates with no contact with the victim or family members, no contact with witnesses or family members and surrender of any firearms to PBSO within 24 hours. An arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 21.