A Largo man, who stole a Florida Highway Patrol car and then tried to run down troopers, was arrested in Osceola County Thursday.
Shane Jensen, 22, has been charged with stealing the patrol car and reckless driving with additional charges pending.
The incident began just after 4 p.m. in Okeechobee County when a trooper stopped along Florida’s Turnpike for a pedestrian, later identified as Jensen, who appeared to medical distressed, according to a patrol report.
The trooper radioed dispatch to have an ambulance sent to the scene so paramedics to perform a medical evaluation on Jensen.
Jensen was sitting on the grass shoulder of the turnpike when a road ranger stopped behind the trooper. The trooper walked to the ranger to get Jensen, who was apparently dehydrated, a bottle of water, the report stated.
That’s when Jensen entered the trooper 2013 Dodge Charger patrol car and sped away northbound on the turnpike. Additional troopers were able to stop Jensen in the stolen patrol car. But Jensen put the car in reverse and “accelerated toward three troopers in an attempt to run them over,” the report stated. Jensen then fled the traffic stop.
As Jensen crossed into Osceola County, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office assisted FHP by deploying stop sticks in the northbound lanes of the turnpike. But Jensen avoided the stop sticks and crossed into the grass median, where he came to a stop against the guardrail.
Jensen then exited the patrol car and fled into the woods. He was later arrested and transported to a hospital for treatment.
There were no crashes reported and nobody was injured.
Jensen has a $400,000 warrant out of Pinellas County for carjacking and aggravated assault with a hammer. The crime occurred at a Home Depot store in Clearwater. There was a juvenile at the time during the carjacking, who was able to flee before Jensen drove off in the vehicle, the report stated.
Jensen is currently at Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee County in stable condition. A trooper has been assigned to guard him.