Driver arrested after firing shots at Road Ranger, civilian
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man accused of firing shots at people who tried coming to his aid, including a road ranger, is in the hospital after a chaotic scene that stretched from the side of a South Florida interstate to another county.
Police said 28-year-old Jean Valeus, who was parked on the side of the road fired shots at a Road Ranger and a civilian before leading police on a pursuit. "Extremely bizarre," Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Mark Wysocky said of the incident at a press conference, Wednesday.
The incident began just after 11 p.m. Tuesday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 595 between Flamingo Road and Hiatus Road. The Road Ranger approached the disabled vehicle, and the driver pulled out a gun, firing a shot to the ground telling the ranger to "Get out of here."
Wysocky said, "We don't know at this time if they were on any substance. We do know that they made statements that they thought they were being followed." He added, "If you are shooting at people that are just stopped at the side of the road or people that are stopping to assist you when you're stopped on the side of the road that's a serious problem."
The Road Ranger left and called Florida Highway Patrol and issued a be-on-the-lookout warning.
Davie Police then called FHP and reported another incident involving the same subject. "The victim flashed his lights at a slow moving vehicle," said FHP Trooper Richard Glass, "which turned out to be the suspect's vehicle, and the suspect pulled over and allowed our victim to pass him. As the victim was passing the suspect's vehicle, he heard a gunshot."
The gunshot hit the rear of the victim's vehicle.
Miramar Police located the subject's vehicle on Interstate 75 near the Turnpike and followed the subject into Miami-Dade County. "Apparently, after a short pursuit, the suspect's vehicle ended up crashing into a guardrail near 138th Street," said Glass. "The suspect was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit that was also involving a K-9 [officer]; the suspect was bitten by the canine."
Rescue crews transported Valeus to Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah with dog bites. He will later be taken to jail and faces multiple charges, including fleeing police, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in public.
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