A suburban Lake Worth man is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $45,000 bail after he allegedly rammed a vehicle into a house and palm trees while chasing a man, according to a probable-cause affidavit made public Tuesday
A 16-year-old girl was inside the man’s vehicle during the melee, said the affidavit, filed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Claudy Toussaint, 36, is facing charges of aggravated battery, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.
The incident took place at about 3 p.m. Monday on the 5800 block of Westfall Road, north of Lantana Road between Jog Road and Military Trail west of the city, after Toussaint and another man allegedly began to argue, the report said.
When the man tried to take cover behind some small palm trees, Toussaint allegedly tried to run him over with his Cadillac.
The victim then ran into the house. But that didn’t stop Toussaint.
The report said he smashed his vehicle into a wall of the house, causing it to crumble. The airbags deployed in the car but Toussaint managed to back it out of the residence. The two men then began a fight that was broken up by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy.
The arrest report states that a 16-year-old girl, whose relation to Toussaint is not stated, was inside the vehicle when it crashed into the house. The girl told deputies she asked Toussaint to let her out, but he refused, then pulled her back into the car when she tried to escape through a window.
Toussaint told deputies he was acting in self-defense.