Driver uses sledgehammer to stop SUV from leaving crash scene

Carla Harmon
March 13, 2018

Cell phone video captured the confrontation between the suspect in a hit-and-run and witnesses to the crime over the weekend.

Police later identified the man as Maxwell Lagutenko, 25.

He was ordered held on $6,000 during a court appearance on Monday when he appeared shaky.

A spectacle that played out on Miami's Biscayne Boulevard Sunday quickly made its way to social media as bystanders chased and pummeled an SUV that was believed to be fleeing a hit-run crash scene. "Three counts of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage". The police said the man was found and taken into custody.

The Infiniti had crashed into several cars on Sunday morning but failed to stop, resulting in multiple drivers getting out of their damaged vehicles to try to stop the perpetrator from from leaving the scene.

Lagutenko appeared to be high on narcotics, according to his arrest report, WPLG-TV reported. The victim's vehicle was struck by Lagutenko's SUV. "You have a crash, you stop". Other drivers can be seen trying to block the vehicle.

Following the intense showdown between the good Samaritans and the driver, the police said they do not encourage witnesses to pursue drivers who try to flee the scene but urged people to call the police with a description of the vehicle.

Witnesses said they were shocked that Lagutenko wouldn't stay at the scene.

Jimenez, who called the police, said the man with the sledgehammer went too far.

However, he asked the judge to lower the bond.

He had been ticketed 18 times over the last eight years, according to court records, the Miami Herald reported.

Police also used the incident - in regards to the person taking a hammer to the auto - not to take the law into their own hands.

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