Lawrence Fleury of Delray Beach, Florida was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing a car, fleeing police, and running into an officer, news sources report. Fleury, 31, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of resisting arrest, aggravated battery on an officer, and possession of marijuana. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail bond. It is also not yet known whether Fleury hired a defense attorney.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 11:50 p.m. in the 300 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue on Monday. A Nissan Altima was apparently parked in the area, but still had its keys in the ignition and was still running. An on-duty officer allegedly witnessed Fleury walk get into the vehicle and drive off. The officer followed Fleury and witnesses him run a stop sign, reports say.
Sources say the officer attempted to pull Fleury over, but Fleury fled down Northwest Third Street and ran additional stop signs. Eventually, the Nissan became trapped on a patch of slick grass. The officer exited his cruiser, pointed his firearm at Fleury, and ordered him to stop, but the Nissan started moving again. The car allegedly struck the officer's legs.
After striking the officer, Fleury got out of the Altima and attempted to walk away from the scene, sources say. The officer fired his Taser at Fleury, but Fleury allegedly continued to resist and the officer used the Taser two more times.
During a subsequent search, the officer located a bottle of Ibuprofen and a bottle containing unidentified white chunks in Fleury's possession. Fleury said a friend lent him the Ibuprofen for a toothache and explained the white chunks as "homemade breath mints," reports say. An analysis later revealed that white chunks were pieces of cocaine, sources indicate.
In other news, Frances Terry Evans of Hernando County was arrested Tuesday after she was accused of abandoning over 50 cats and dogs in a U-Haul under the hot Florida sun, reports say. Evans, 52, was booked into the Hernando County Jail on 53 counts of animal cruelty; her bail was set at $26,500. It is unclear whether Evans hired legal representation.
According to reports, Evans had been previously been under investigation for animal hoarding. During the investigation, detectives determined that Evans had too many cats and dogs and ordered that she turn over at least 53 of the animals to the court by Tuesday.