A Florida man is back in prison today after creating 30 minutes of madness earlier this week. He drove into oncoming traffic on Interstate 95 before ditching his vehicle. After a few minutes of running between lanes he asked a stranger in a passing car for a ride. This stranger happened to be an undercover cop.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Events that spanned three miles and three cities began around noon, when license-plate-recognition cameras in Lighthouse Point detected a navy 2012 Audi Q5 SUV that had been reported stolen from Fort Lauderdale on March 21, Lighthouse Point Police Chief Ross Licata said.
A police officer saw the Audi in the circular driveway of a home on the 4100 block of Northeast 23rd Avenue, Licata said.
“As she drove by, our officer saw a [man] exiting the house through the front door while carrying something, get in the driver’s seat of the SUV and flee from the area,” Licata said.
Police followed the Audi to the 1800 block of Northeast 47th Street in Pompano Beach, three to five blocks west of U.S. 1, and called off the chase. When officers returned to the house and found the front door kicked in and several rooms ransacked, the agency notified the Broward Sheriff’s Office about the burglary and the Audi, Licata said.
Broward sheriff’s deputies began following the Audi at North Dixie Highway and Northeast 48th Street. The car went north to Southwest 10th Street and onto I-95, said Capt. Robert Schnakenberg, BSO’s Deerfield district chief.
The Audi “went south in the northbound lanes of I-95,” he said. “We broke off the chase then.”
The vehicle then turned so it was traveling north, in the correct direction, according to BSO. “For some reason, he bails out of the vehicle,” Schnakenberg said.
Moore jumped over the highway’s middle retaining wall toward the west wall of I-95, as southbound traffic was passing him, but he couldn’t get over the wall, Schnakenberg said.
“He goes back east across all lanes of traffic, with our deputies in foot pursuit,” Schnakenberg said.
Moore jumped over a chain-link fence on the east side of the highway into a neighborhood north of East Sample Road, where the Tedder Elementary School was locked down, BSO said.
Deputies on the highway drove to the neighborhood, and were joined by deputies from a burglary task force to search for Moore, Schnakenberg said.
That’s when Moore flagged down an unmarked car.
“He thought it was a normal citizen, driving toward him down the road,” Schnakenberg said. “[The deputy] was able to take him into custody immediately, at 4100 NE Second Way.”
By 12:30 p.m., it was all over, authorities said.
BSO said the Audi and other items were recovered, including two loaded handguns: a Sig Sauer semi-automatic and an Argentine-made weapon, and ammunition.
There also was a crowbar, a large Louis Vuitton shoulder bag, a rifle cleaning set, a Rolex watch, a man’s Breitling watch, wallets, a Swiss Army knife, costume jewelry and a small amount of cash, BSO said.
Moore has served a three-year sentence in prison for carrying a concealed firearm and aggravated assault with a weapon, no intent to kill, state records show.
We bet he didn’t see that one coming!