INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 78-year-old man was jailed last week after deputies said he threatened to shoot two people and then hit another man with his car. The incident happened after suspect Willie W. Green crashed into a vehicle, officials said.
Green, of the 1200 block of 17th Avenue, Vero Beach, was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of an open container of liquor in a vehicle. Green was held Monday at the Indian River County Jail on $14,500 bond.
Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a DUI accident involving two vehicles around 7:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of 5th Street Southwest and 20th Avenue Southwest. Deputies were told a man driving a blue Acura drove away from the wreckage.
Deputies found the vehicle less than a mile away in the parking lot of the Intergenerational Leisure Centre, located off Oslo Road. Deputies spoke to the Acura driver, identified as Green, and found he had a gun in his belt, according to reports.
Officers stopped Green and searched the vehicle. Inside the Acura, deputies found six open 16-ounce containers of Bush Light beer and an open container of Skol premium vodka, according to reports.
Deputies spoke with the driver of the other vehicle, who said Green hit his Ford Expedition earlier. Green approached the SUV to check on the woman and her children in the back seat, according to reports.
The woman told Green to go back to his car, but Green refused and reached for her hip like he had a gun, deputies said. When the woman’s daughter began recording Green, Green told her to stop “or he’d shoot her,” according to reports.
A man who witnessed the incident stood in front of Green’s car to prevent him from driving away. Deputies said Green got into his Acura and kicked the man’s legs as he drove away. Green also threatened to shoot the man, according to reports.
Deputies arrested Green and committed him to the county jail. Green has an arraignment at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 3, according to court records.