A Baker man was arrested after trying to run several people off the road because they were “evil,” a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said.
Henry Clay Johnson Jr., 30, of Baker is charged with five counts of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, elderly abuse, and fleeing and eluding. According to the release, Johnson used his truck to ram four different vehicles Monday on State Road 85 south of Crestview.
At least one of the victims required hospital treatment, and two others reported being injured. Johnson reportedly told deputies that the people he rammed were “evil” and he wanted them out of his town. According to a OCSO spokesperson, the people Johnson targeted varied in race, age and gender, and there appeared to be no rhyme of reason to who he rammed.
Deputies got involved in the incident around 11 a.m. after receiving reports of a green Chevrolet truck following cars on the highway and rear-ending them.
The first victim, a 60-year-old Crestview resident, was driving her Cadillac DTS northbound on State Road 85 when Johnson accelerated and hit the rear of her car. When she pulled over to the side of the road she says Johnson stopped, walked back to her car, and told her “I don’t like your kind” and “get out of town.”
A second victim, a 42-year-old Crestview resident, said he noticed Johnson’s truck coming up fast behind him while he traveled north in his Mitsubishi Lancer. Johnson followed and tailgated him as the victim changed lanes to try to get away. He says Johnson continued to speed up and strike his car, causing him to lose traction and fishtail before he regained control and turned off the highway.
A third victim, a 26-year-old Crestview man driving a Honda Civic, was also rammed twice from behind by Johnson, and nearly lost control of his vehicle just north of the Shoal River Bridge.
An OCSO deputy responding to the calls attempted to pull over Johnson on South Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview. Johnson swerved and intentionally hit a Dodge Ram truck being driven by a 52-year-old Milton resident. A passenger was also in that vehicle. The deputy says Johnson ran a red light and made a U-turn before eventually pulling into the parking lot of Captain D’s restaurant where he was taken into custody without incident. The Crestview Police Department assisted in the investigation and transported Johnson to the Okaloosa County Jail.
Johnson had an elderly passenger who said she tried to stop Johnson from striking the other cars. The 76-year-woman was taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center due to emotional trauma.
The driver of the Honda Civic was taken to NOMC for treatment of injuries, and two other victims said they planned to seek medical treatment.