NPRTHEAST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a road rage incident where a man allegedly pulled a gun on another motorist.
Authorities say the suspect, identified as Edwin Victor Vilchez, and an unidentified female driver got into a heated exchange at the Shell gas station at US 1 and 104th Street. The woman reportedly had children in the car.
A male passerby witnessed the incident and came to the aid of the female driver. That’s when, police say, Vilchez pulled out a gun on the man.
The passerby got into his vehicle and drove on to the northbound State Road 826 (Palmetto Expressway). Police say the Vilchez followed the passerby onto the highway.
The passerby then pulled over on the side of 826, just before the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and flagged down a FHP trooper for help.
The trooper called for assistance from other agencies, just as the Vilchez allegedly caused a crash near the exit of NW 74th Ave of SR 826.
The other driver involved was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical but stable condition.
Authorities say Vilchez fled the scene, but was later captured on Okeechobee Road just west of the Palmetto Expressway.
Vilchez will be charged with Battery on a Police Officer, Dui, Hit and Run with Injuries, Resisting Arrest with Violence, Displaying a Fire Arm, and Criminal Mischief.