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FHP says a Boca Raton man slammed into this FHP car early this morning. (Courtesy FHP).

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton man crashed into a Florida Highway Patrol car in the area of I-95 and 595 this morning. FHP says Tate Turner knew exactly what he was doing when he smashed into the patrol car.

This is the narrative from FHP: “On Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at approximately 1:36 am, Trooper Bernex Vincent (#767) was stationary in the right lane of northbound Interstate 95 (State Road 9) just south of Interstate 595. Trooper Vincent was working an off-duty detail in a construction zone. The left center, right center, and right lanes were all closed due to active construction in the area. The only open lane was the left lane. The lanes were closed using traffic cones (barricades) and arrow boards (signs). Trooper Vincent’s marked patrol vehicle had its emergency lights activated as it was parked in the lane closure. A 2011 white Subaru Outback, bearing Florida tag # QTLU57, traveled through the traffic cones and entered the closed lanes. Subsequently, the front right of the Subaru struck the rear left of the marked patrol vehicle (FHP1913). The vehicles came to final rest facing north at the area of collision in the right (merge) lane. After the collision, Trooper Vincent exited his patrol vehicle and approached the Subaru.”

Boca Raton resident Tate Turner, courtesy Broward County Jail.

“He made contact with the driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle. The driver was identified as Tate Turner by his valid Florida Driver License. According to Trooper Vincent, Mr. Turner did not have any obvious injuries but remained silent for a couple of minutes. Mr. Turner then spontaneously stated that he struck the patrol vehicle on purpose. He stated he intentionally struck the patrol vehicle so he could be taken to jail. Trooper David Andrade (#1623) arrived on scene to assist. Mr. Turner was still in the driver’s seat upon his arrival. Trooper Andrade asked Mr. Turner if he was “okay” but he did not respond. Mr. Turner again stated he intentionally struck the patrol vehicle. They asked Mr. Turner to exit the vehicle to which he complied and was detained.

I, Sergeant Matthew Gallagher (#361), arrived on scene at approximately 2:30 am. Upon my arrival, I observed the vehicles at final rest and their damage. I spoke with Trooper Vincent who told me he felt pain/soreness from the back of his head, down to his neck and back due to being struck by the Subaru. He stated his patrol vehicle was struck hard. Trooper Vincent and Trooper Andrade both stated they did not observe Mr. Turner to have any signs of impairment.

I spoke with Mr. Turner who was seated in the rear of Trooper Andrade’s patrol vehicle. He was read his Miranda rights at approximately 2:45 am. He stated he understood his rights and agreed to answer questions. He stated he left his home in Boca Raton and was traveling to Hallandale when he decided to turn around and head back to Boca Raton. He stated he saw the patrol vehicle and intentional used his vehicle to strike the patrol vehicle. He stated he wanted to go to jail because he, ‘felt like he was already in jail.” Mr. Turner has never been arrested. When asked why he felt that way he said ‘it’s a bunch of things’ but refused to go into detail. He stated he had no injuries or medical conditions, is not prescribed medication, and is not suicidal. He stated he had not consumed any alcohol or narcotics. During my interaction with Mr. Turner, I did not observe any signs of impairment.

Based on the totality of circumstances, it was determined Mr. Turner used his vehicle as a weapon, intentionally entering the closed roadway with the purpose of striking the patrol vehicle which was occupied by Trooper Vincent. This action resulted in property damage to the patrol vehicle and injuries to Trooper Vincent. At approximately 2:56 am, Mr. Turner was placed under arrest for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Aggravated Battery on a LEO, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He was also issued a Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) for driving around barricades.

Trooper Andrade transported Mr. Turner to Broward General Medical Center where he was cleared by medical staff. He was transported to the Broward County Jail without further incident.”

Tate Turner’s home address is listed as 8129 Severn Drive in Boca Raton, according to documents obtained by BocaNewsNow.com. He is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault on an officer.



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