Henry Clay Johnson Jr., of Baker, Florida, is facing five counts of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, elderly abuse and fleeing and eluding after he deliberately rammed vehicles during multiple hit-and-run collisions on Monday. The 30-year-old told authorities he was attempting to "rid his town of evil people and that he did not like their kind."
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, they received calls of a road rage incident around 11 a.m. Monday morning which involved a man in a green Chevrolet truck following cars and rear-ending them. The first victim, a 60-year old Crestview resident, told authorities she was driving a red Cadillac DTS northbound on State Road 85 when Johnson accelerated and hit the rear of her vehicle. The victim said when she pulled over to the side of the road, Johnson stopped, walked back to her car, and told her “I don’t like your kind and get out of town.” A second victim, a 42-year old Crestview resident, say he noticed Johnson’s fast moving truck coming up behind him while he traveled north in his black Mitsubishi Lancer. The man said Johnson followed and tailgated him as the he changed lanes in an attempt to get away. He says Johnson continued to speed up and strike his car, causing him to lose traction and fishtail before he regained control and turned off the highway. The third victim, a 26-year old Crestview man driving a black Honda Civic, says he was also rammed twice from behind by Johnson, and nearly lost control of his vehicle just north of the Shoal River Bridge. An OCSO deputy responding to the calls says he attempted to pull Johnson over, however, the suspect swerved and intentionally hit a black Dodge Ram truck being driven by a 52-year old Milton resident who was traveling with a passenger. According to the deputy, Johnson then ran a red light and made a U-turn before eventually pulling into the parking lot of Captain D’s restaurant where he was taken into custody without incident. Officials say the elderly passenger traveling in the vehicle with Johnson attempted to stop him from striking the other cars. The passenger was transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center due to emotional trauma. The driver of the Honda Civic was taken to NOMC for treatment of injuries. Two other victims say they planned to seek medical treatment as well.
source: Pensacola News Journal