Holly Hill, FL – A drugged-up man stole a U.S. Postal Service mail truck and led authorities on a high-speed chase through multiple counties on Interstate 95 (video below).
The mail carrier told police that a man approached her, threatened her with a can of Mace, and stole her mail delivery vehicle at about 4:30 p.m. on June 8, the Palm Coast Observer reported.
Ormond Beach police and deputies from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spotted the mail truck being driven recklessly and pursued it, WESH reported.
As the pursuit continued northbound, deputies from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office took over the high-speed chase.
A deputy tried to deploy Stop Sticks to flatten the mail truck’s tires, but the driver – later identified as 29-year-old Jesse Estep – swerved the truck and tried to hit the deputy, the Palm Coast Observer reported.
The deputy saved himself by diving behind a guard rail on the side of the highway.
Using the mail truck as a weapon, Estep veered to the other side of the road and tried to hit another deputy who was deploying Stop Sticks, the Palm Coast Observer reported.
He ran over the spiked strips with one of his rear tires but he didn’t hit the deputy.
That’s when Estep oversteered and lost control of the mail truck.
He ran into a guard rail and flipped the truck over on the side of the road, the Palm Coast Observer.
Bodycam video showed the deputy pulling the Stop Sticks from the road and shoving them into his trunk before he jumped into his vehicle and raced less than 100 yards to where the mail truck crashed.
Multiple deputies converged on the overturned mail truck and opened the back doors to free the driver and take him into custody.
In the video, several deputies hauled Estep from the rear of the overturned vehicle onto the grass, amongst scattered U.S. Mail bins and packages that had flown out of the back of the truck.
Estep told deputies that he had been trying to kill himself, the Palm Coast Observer reported.
“I f–ked up, sir,” he said. “Thank you all for not shooting me. Thank you all for not killing me.”
“We’re not here to hurt you,” a deputy told him.
Once they had Estep in handcuffs, they started questioning him, the video showed.
“Are you on anything right now?” a deputy asked Estep.
“Yes sir,” Estep whined in the video.
“What are you on?” the deputy asked.
“Methamphetamine,” Estep replied.
“Methamphetamine,” the deputy repeated.
“Cocaine,” Estep volunteered.
“Okay,” the deputy said.
“Marijuana,” Estep continued.
“Okay,” the deputy told him.
“Molly,” Estep added.
“Okay,” the deputy said.
“Pills,” Estep whined.
“So you’re on a little bit of everything right now,” the deputy replied as he and another deputy finished searched the suspect.
He told police that he’d taken all the drugs to try and kill himself, the Palm Coast Observer reported.
Then they sat him up and worked to keep him conscious while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Estep kept nodding off and the deputy had to use a sternum rub at one point to wake him up, the video showed.
He was arrested and transported to AdventHealth Palm Coast, the Palm Coast Observer reported.
In Flagler County, Estep was charged with grand theft auto, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and two counts aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
He was also facing charges in Volusia County and may face federal charges for theft of the mail truck, the Palm Coast Observer reported.
Watch video of the incident below: