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BSO Case Number: BS02-05-577
PIO Number: 02-5-6
Date: May 2, 2002
Place of Occurrence: BSO Main Jail, 555 SE 1st Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale


  • The Broward Sheriff's Office


  • Charles W. Dudek, 39, 5/26/62, 180 Upminster Circle, Deerfield Beach

Description of Incident:

A 39-year old Deerfield Beach man, apparently upset over a recent arrest and due in court this morning, crashed a car into a gate at the prisoner transport area of the Broward Sheriff's Office main Jail.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on May 2, 2002, Charles W. Dudek was sitting in a car facing the jail gate near 555 SE 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. A BSO prisoner transport vehicle pulled up behind Dudek who waved it past. After the BSO vehicle entered the jail grounds and the gate had closed, Dudek gunned the engine, rammed the gate, forcing his way into the prisoner transport area, then accelerated again hitting a police cruiser parked near a loading dock.

Several BSO deputies, hearing the commotion, rushed to subdue Dudek as he exited his vehicle.

Damage to the jail gate is estimated to be at least several thousand dollars, however security at the facility is not compromised. A backup plan is in effect while the gate is being repaired and all functions at the jail are running smoothly.

Investigators believe Dudek was angry at the court system and the Broward Sheriff's Office after being arrested on November 24, 2001 in Deerfield Beach on numerous charges, including assault on a law enforcement officer or firefighter, and battery on a law enforcement officer or firefighter. He was released from jail several days later and was apparently scheduled to appear in court today to face those charges. Prior to that arrest, on November 2, 2001, Dudek had been taken into custody at a Ft. Lauderdale tavern for disorderly conduct.

Dudek was taken to Broward General Medial Center for treatment of any injuries he may have sustained this morning and is now in the BSO main jail charged with burglary, felony criminal mischief, D-U-I, and D-U-I involving property damage.

THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 5/2/02 2:00 pm

Posted At: 05/02/2002 02:18 PM


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