Man claims to be CIA, ISIS sympathizer after 145 mph chase
FELLSMERE, Fla. (CBS12) —
A man from Palm Beach County claimed to be with the CIA, an ISIS sympathizer, and yelled "Allah Akbar" during his arrest after leading deputies on a 145 mph chase in Indian River County.
Andrew Peter Kleopa, 33, faces numerous charges including reckless driving after Friday's pursuit.
The Florida Highway Patrol said it began around 9 a.m. along I-95 near Indrio Road when troopers received calls about a reckless driver on the highway.
A trooper spotted a speeding white Land Rover SUV passing vehicles on the shoulder, changing lanes erratically. A witness said it had already hit one car. The trooper said the driver was going so fast he lost sight of it on the highway. The trooper caught up with the SUV which hit speeds of up to 145 miles per hour. The trooper lost sight of it again.
Two hours later, the Florida Highway Patrol received reports of the white Land Rover speeding back into Indian River County from Brevard County. According to the FHP, troopers spotted the SUV behind a McDonald's on 10th Avenue. The driver ran into the woods, an area marked with "No Trespassing" signs, the FHP said.
The Florida Highway Patrol dispatched a trooper to the suspect's mother's house in Boca Raton where they talked to him by phone.
According to the FHP, Kleopa made comments to the trooper that he planed to shoot at a helicopter and officer. The man's mom said he was "depressed and manic."
A K-9 with the sheriff's office tracked Kleopa to the Indian River County Shooting Range where authorities took him into custody.
During his arrest, the FHP said Kleopa claimed to be a CIA agent, that Muslims are "not that bad," and that he sympathized with ISIS while yelling, "Allah Akbar."
While at the jail, the FHP said Kleopa threatened and made rude and racial statements toward a trooper.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Kleopa has been charged with reckless driving on two separate occasions in Palm Beach County. He's also received six speeding citations.