A suburban Boynton Beach man was arrested Friday after city police said he led them on a chase along Interstate 95, crashed a car and assaulted an officer in the process.
Jeffert Nicolas Jean-Guillaume, 22, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery on an officer, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to court records. A judge ordered that Jean-Guillaume be held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail.
Boynton Beach officers were in an unmarked vehicle going north on I-95 when they saw Jean-Guillaume’s Ford Focus accelerating and “aggressively changing from lane to lane,” according to a police report. The officers, wearing vests marked with “police” on the front, stopped Jean-Guillaume.
Immediately after Jean-Guillaume gave his identification to one of the three officers, police said he pulled an officer’s arm into the car and began to drive away while holding the officer’s arm. The officer broke away from his grip, “narrowly escaping the wheels of the vehicle,” the report said.
The officers followed the car and saw it cut across five lanes of traffic to exit eastbound on Hypoluxo Road before turning around and getting back onto I-95 northbound, according to police. Jean-Guillaume then exited at Lantana Road, driving around about 20 cars that were stopped at the ramp’s traffic signal, according to police.
Police said Jean-Guillaume then ran a red light on an overpass, nearly causing a crash. The car entered the Costco parking lot and tried to exit but got stuck between two cars waiting to leave, according to police.
Officers parked their car right behind Jean-Guillaume as he waited behind the other cars. As he saw them approaching, Jean-Guillaume drove his car forward and hit the car in front of him as he drove onto Lantana Road, according to police.
Other officers responded and found Jean-Guillaume’s car abandoned on the 3100 block of Lantana Road, just east of Congress Avenue, police said. After a short foot chase, officers detained Jean-Guillaume and his passenger.
Inside his car, police found marijuana and a 9mm handgun, according to the report.
Officers also found at the scene of the crash near Costco a backpack with another handgun that had been modified with a rifle stock. A witness told police Jean-Guillaume had thrown it from the car. Police determined that gun had been stolen from Fort Lauderdale.
Jean-Guillaume’s passenger, who was not arrested, said she was not sure why he fled from police but knew he had two guns in the car.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement records indicate Jean-Guillaume pleaded guilty in 2014 to an aggravated assault charge involving a weapon.