Trooper Jeffrey Benoit
Congratulations to Trooper Jeffrey Benoit for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for April 2006, for making a significant arrest on State Road 93 in Lee County involving dangerous armed suspects.
What started out as a routine traffic stop turned into a high speed chase when Trooper Benoit attempted to stop a red Cadillac occupied by three individuals traveling northbound on State Road 93 near Bayshore Road at about 2:45 AM on April 30, 2006.
As Trooper Benoit stepped from his patrol vehicle, the driver of the Cadillac accelerated in the emergency lane in an attempt to evade his stop. Trooper Benoit immediately pursued the vehicle in order to identify the occupants. The speeds reached 100 mph before the passenger in the left rear seat of the Cadillac pointed a rifle out of the window at Trooper Benoit. Seeing the danger, Trooper Benoit made evasive maneuvers to the right in an attempt to get out of the line of fire. The driver of the Cadillac also maneuvered right in an attempt to square up to Trooper Benoit’s patrol unit. This action caused the passenger to drop the rifle.
The Cadillac exited the road and struck a curb causing the left front tire to deflate, thus disabling the vehicle. Trooper Benoit pulled up next to the Cadillac and observed three men exit the car with handguns. Trooper Benoit ordered the occupants to drop their guns. After the suspects complied with his orders, Trooper Benoit secured one suspect as the other two fled on foot. Lee County Sheriff deputies, who had initially tried to stop the driver of the Cadillac, were able to apprehend the two suspects who fled.
All three suspects were charged with Attempted Murder on a Law Enforcement Officer, Obstruction of Justice with Violence, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of Burglary Tools, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm, Attempt to Discharge a Destructive Device, Improper Display of a Deadly Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Openly Carrying a Firearm, Display of a Firearm while Committing a Felony, Possession of Cocaine (52 grams), Trafficking Cocaine, Warrant For Failure to Appear, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Trooper Jeffrey Benoit is commended for his excellent police work and congratulated for being selected at the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for April 2006!