Hatchet and Gun Wielding Man Flee's Accident Scene
A Pensacola man was taken to a local medical facility for evaluation this morning after police say he was involved in a hit and run traffic crash. Investigators say the man fled the scene on foot carrying a handgun and hatchet, and told police they'd be surprised what they found in his vehicle.
The incident occurred around 7:20 a.m. at 17th Avenue and Cervantes Street. Lt. Rodney Eagerton said the man was northbound on 17th Avenue in a BMW when he pulled onto Cervantes Street and struck a westbound Toyota Camry. He said the man then grabbed a gun and hatchet, got out of the vehicle he was driving and ran. Police caught him about two blocks from the scene.
During questioning, the 21-year-old man was asked if there were any additional firearms or explosives in the vehicle. They say he told police there was "something in the vehicle that would be a surprise." The man then refused to answer additional questions.
A bomb dog from the Pensacola International Airport was brought to the scene and did not alert on the vehicle. An additional firearm was found on the backset. Traffic was diverted for several blocks in the area for approximately one hour. No one was injured in the crash.
The man was charged with open carrying of a weapon and hit and run, both of which are misdemeanors.