FHP: Trooper was intentionally targeted

Raumel Quntero (right) and Trooper Vanessa Franceschi, ocala post, ocala news, fhp
Raumel Quntero (right) and Trooper Vanessa Franceschi

The Florida Highway Patrol released a video Wednesday of a chase which started when a trooper’s car was intentionally struck by another driver.

An FHP trooper chased down and arrested the man who struck her patrol car as she conducted a traffic stop along Florida’s Turnpike after “clocking” that driver at 90 mph.

According to reports, Trooper Vanessa Franceschi suffered minor injuries on April 24, after Raumel Quntero, 20, slammed his white Honda Civic into the back of her patrol car.

Authorities said that Quntero admitted to intentionally hitting the trooper’s car.

The chase reached speeds of more than 100 mph on the car-packed highway.

The chase ended when Trooper Franceschi performed a pit maneuver.

Quntero was charged with Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Felony Fleeing, and Eluding and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injuries.

“This suspect’s actions were cowardly and Trooper Franceschi’s quick and courageous actions exemplify the best of the Florida Highway Patrol and all law enforcement officers,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “That she was targeted because she is a law enforcement officer is outrageous and we must continue to support our brave heroes by letting them know malicious attacks against law enforcement will not be tolerated in our communities.”

FHP said no civilians were injured during the chase.

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