A DeBary felon flipped off a deputy before officers flattened the tires of his SUV on Interstate 4 in Deltona, records show.
Jonathan Kral, 42, remained behind bars after his alleged crime spree Friday.
Kral was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer with violence and other crimes.
Kral’s second arrest this month
It was his second arrest this month. He was arrested Dec. 6 in DeBary, accusing of driving without a valid license.
He threatened to kill officers and said a Jihad was coming to take out citizens, records show.
Kral is being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
Behind the wheel
Kral was behind the wheel of a red Ford Explorer that passed too close a deputy conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 17-92 and Saxon Boulevard just before 7 a.m. Dec. 16.
Sgt. Keith Peck attempted to stop the SUV at Saxon Boulevard east of Enterprise Road, but the vehicle continued moving.
Peck used his spotlight to get the driver’s attention. He later activated his siren, which was also ignored.
As the vehicle got into the turn lane to go east on Interstate 4, Peck turned off the siren and pulled alongside the vehicle when it was stopped for traffic.
Giving the ‘middle finger’
“Sgt. Peck pointed the spotlight into the driver’s area and could clearly see the driver eating something and then he gave Sgt. Peck the middle finger and continued to get on the highway,” a report said.
Peck followed, going under the speed limit, about 60 to 64 miles per hour, while other officers set up tire-deflating stop sticks on the highway at I-4 and State Road 472.
The sticks hit the right side tires and the right rear went flat.
The SUV pulled over at Mile Marker 115.
Kral got out and Peck drew his handgun, ordering the suspect to the ground. He refused and yelled at Peck to shoot him. Kral was talking to someone on his cellphone.
Officer tackled Kral
Peck holstered his firearm and drew his stun gun. But Kral was wearing a heavy coat – a factor that could impede the stun-gun’s impact.
Peck ran up behind Kral and tackled him to the ground and held him there until other officers arrived. He continued to resist, trying to throw off Peck. When after backup arrived, Kral continued to fight back, moving his head back and forth and scraping his face on the ground.
He was eventually cuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle. He threatened to kill deputies and fight them.
Deputies found marijuana, pot pipes and pills.
Long criminal history
Deputies later determined he had a 27-page criminal history, including 10 felonies, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
He served less than a year in state prison for an October 2012 charge of aggravated assault and a May 2013 child-abuse charge, records show.
He was taken into state custody in July 2013 and released in March 2014.
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