ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Some innocent drivers were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on U.S. 1 in Volusia County when a suspect slammed into them while trying to run from federal agents.
Eyewitness News was on the ground as one of two suspects in a violent clash with federal agents went to the hospital by helicopter. The chopper took off from U.S. 1 in Flagler County as traffic backed up in both directions.
Florida Highway Patrol released the names of the suspects. Radbourne Mark Anthony Saleem, 38, is in critical condition and his passenger, 27-year-old Leopold Michael Saleem, is in serious condition after troopers said the two slammed into Thomas Winn's Chevy Silverado.
Both men are at Halifax.
Before the men rolled into a ditch, they sped past David Hobart, trying to pass him, according to troopers.
"I tell my wife, I'm like, hey just call the cops you know there's bullet holes in his car, driving erratically and I look in my rear-view mirror and there's a bunch of cops," witness David Hobart said.
Radbourne Saleem lost control and the front of his Toyota Matrix hit the back of the Silverado. The Matrix overturned on the east shoulder, ejecting Radbourne.
Winn's Silverado crossed the median and came to a stop facing northbound in the inside southbound lane of U.S. 1.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms were after the men Friday morning.
The fleeing men had paid undercover agents cash and drugs for guns at an Ormond Beach hotel.
"In particular he was looking to get automatic weapons, machine guns. He was also looking to get silencers," Special Agent Kevin Richardson of ATF said.
Once the deal was done, officials said ATF tried to arrest the men, but they took off, nearly running over two agents.
The agents fired several shots. One suspect was hit once, the other four times. They sped down U.S. 1, where Eyewitness News later found a bullet on the ground.
The men crashed into a pickup truck, injuring the driver, Tom Winn.
"They made no attempt to go around me because the left lane was wide open. They just ran into me for whatever reason," Tom Winn said.
Winn incurred minor injuries and did not go to the hospital.