Pantsless man leads deputies on chase along I-95, Martin sheriff says



Frederick Petrone offered little explanation as to why he allegedly fled from a traffic stop on Interstate 95 near Palm City on Sunday morning – or why he was not wearing pants.

He only told deputies that crack cocaine played a role in his actions, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. Petrone, 48, of Deerfield Beach was arrested on multiple charges after he attempted to flee from deputies.

He was briefly treated at a hospital after exhibiting signs of excited delirium, the sheriff’s office said.

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At about 3:45 a.m. Sunday an off-duty Border Patrol agent reported that someone was driving erratically. Petrone was pulled over near the I-95 rest area. He was sweating profusely and had no pants on, the sheriff’s office said.

When  deputies attempted to speak to Petrone about his driving, he allegedly took off in his car. During the ensuing pursuit, Petrone rammed a deputy’s patrol car, the sheriff’s office said. After three attempts to stop Petrone, deputies were able to disable his vehicle with tire-deflation devices.

Petrone was treated and released from a hospital, then booked into the Martin County Jail on charges of fleeing and eluding, aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was being held without bail Wednesday.




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