Lance Armbruster, a Broward County, Florida firefighter, was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of physically assaulting Tara Oprandy, his girlfriend, during an argument, news sources indicate. Armbruster, 41, was booked into the Broward County Jail on one charge of battery. He was later released on his own recognizance. It is not yet known whether he has hired a lawyer.
Reports say Armbruster works with the Deerfield Beach fire station. It is unclear how long he has been with the station or how this recent arrest will affect his position there. So far, the station has not released a statement concerning the arrest.
The incident apparently occurred at around 2:00 Tuesday morning at Armbruster’s apartment in Jupiter. Armbruster and Oprandy, had just gotten home when, according to the victim’s 14-year-old daughter, the couple got into a verbal row. At some point during the argument, Armbruster reportedly told Oprandy and her kids to leave his home. He then followed Oprandy out of the house and into her car, where the argument reportedly continued. The 14-year-old told police she saw Armbruster push Oprandy at least twice while in the vehicle. Oprandy reportedly “attempted to push him off of her,” a police report says. The 14-year-old victim then shouted at the two to stop, effectively halting the alleged scuffle. There is no indication in press reports that Oprandy sustained injury in the alleged assault or required medical treatment afterwards.
In other news, Christopher McMillian of Palm Beach County was arrested Monday after he was accused of fleeing officers and leading them into a high-speed chase, reports indicate. During the chase, police say the defendant rammed two police vehicles. McMillian, 28, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of reckless fleeing to elude police, grand theft auto, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $103,000. It is not yet known whether he has hired legal representation.
Officers in Riviera Beach spotted a red Camaro near 400 block of Old Dixie Highway at around 6:40 in the evening Sunday, sources say. When the officers attempted to pull the vehicle over for an unspecified reason, the driver allegedly fled into Palm Beach and out of their jurisdiction. No accidents or injuries were reported in connection to the alleged getaway.
On Monday, the Riviera Beach police saw the vehicle again and attempted another routine pull over; however, the red Camaro allegedly fled once more, leading police on a high-speed chase. During the chase, police say the driver rammed two police vehicles, injuring one pursuing officer. The driver of the Camaro eventually lost control and crashed on Bee Line Highway, sources say.
Police arrested the driver following the accident and identified him as McMillian. According to reports, the defendant has 18 prior felony arrests with six convictions, though the specifics of the cases are not immediately available. It is unclear whether he was injured during the alleged chase; reports say he was booked into jail following the incident.