A Florida man fled sheriff’s deputies during a wild chase on I-95. It was once he stopped that it got downright bizarre.
48-year-old Frederick Francis Petrone was naked from the waist down and said he was on a month-long crack binge.
He’s been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding at a high speed, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ford F-150 truck
He’s being held on $525,000 bond.
It all started at 3:44 a.m. Sunday when a U.S. Border Patrol agent reported the man fleeing after he was stopped for reckless driving.
Three sheriff’s deputies in clearly marked cars were soon in pursuit, trying to stop his Ford F-150 pickup truck. He then swerved into a median, losing a tire in the process, but continued fleeing.
During the chase, he rammed a deputy’s car and reversed direction on the highway before finally being brought to a stop when his remaining three tires were taken out by a spike strip.
Officers boxed him in and approached the truck with guns drawn. Petrone was yelling and refusing to get out of the vehicle. He was then finally pulled out after a deputy demolished the passenger side window and unlocked the door.
When he was taken to the ground and handcuffed, he was wearing nothing but a t-shirt and socks.
According to the arrest affidavit, “Petrone was in a state of excited delirium when placed under arrest. Petrone had body tremors and was panicking. Petrone also fainted while on scene.”
“Petrone stated numerous times that he had been smoking crack for over a month,” it continued, “and that he had been drinking all day.”
He was taken to a hospital, and then to jail.
His criminal history in Florida includes theft, burglary, traffic offenses, and drug possession. His first arrest came in 1987 on a cocaine charge.