The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said a Deerfield Beach man gave little insight as to why he reportedly fled from a traffic stop on Interstate 95 near Palm City early Sunday morning that ultimately led to his arrest.
Police said the man, 48-year-old Frederick Petrone, also didn’t tell them why he wasn’t wearing pants.
The one thing they did find out: crack cocaine was involved, the sheriff’s office said in a statement released Wednesday.
At about 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning, an off-duty Border Patrol agent called in an erratic driver on I-95, the sheriff’s office said.
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When Petrone was pulled over near an I-95 rest area, the sheriff’s office said he was sweating and not wearing pants.
When authorities went to speak to Petrone about his erratic driving, he took off, the sheriff’s office said. After two more attempts to stop Petrone, he rammed a deputy’s patrol car. Deputies used stop sticks — devices used to deflate tires — to disable Petrone’s vehicle and took him into custody.
Petrone was transported to a hospital because he was exhibiting symptoms of excited delirium, the sheriff’s office said. After being treated and released, he was booked into the Martin County jail on charges of fleeing and eluding, aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia without bail.