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PBSO: Three People Injured After Man With History Of Car Thefts Crashed Stolen SUV

A Greenacres man with a history of auto-theft arrests was charged after he fled from a crash scene involving an SUV stolen from a car-rental company, authorities said.

The 29-year-old is charged with grand theft auto and possession of a weapon by a felon.

A judge set his bail at $100,000 at the Palm Beach County Jail. Attempts to reach him or his relatives were unsuccessful.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, the 29-year old, after stealing the SUV, was speeding and crashed into a 2019 Ford Expedition while it was making a u-turn.

Three people in the Expedition were taken to local hospitals.

People saw a man get out of the SUV and run down Gun Club Road, the report said. The witnesses told deputies the man was dressed in black, wore a bulletproof vest and had a handgun in a thigh holster.

The report said deputies found the 29-year old at an auto parts store on South Military Trail, about a mile south of Gun Club. They also found a holster and a gun.

Avis alerted authorities that the SUV, worth $55,000, had been stolen from a car-rental site near the West Palm Beach Brightline station, the report said.

The 29-year old told investigators an “unknown individual” gave him the car. He could not provide a name or contact information. He admitted to crashing it and throwing away his gun when he saw the deputies approach.

Comments:

Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash.  “A Hit-and-run is one of the worst type of accidents. When that person that fled the scene is caught you have rights that are different then in a regular car crash.  Make sure you speak to a licensed professional about your rights”.

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