Florida Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old Largo man who stole a trooper’s cruiser the afternoon of May 2 is in stable condition at a Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee under guard.
The man had been arrested by Clearwater police April 29 for criminal mischief and was wanted in connection with a carjacking that occurred on May 1 at a Clearwater Home Depot.
FHP encountered Shane Michael Boisseaux Jensen about 4 p.m. May 2 when a trooper saw him walking on the Florida Turnpike in Okeechobee County. The trooper said he appeared to be “medically distressed.”
Jensen was reportedly incoherent when the trooper began talking to him on the northbound shoulder around mile marker 181. The trooper called dispatch and asked that paramedics come do a medical evaluation.
A road ranger arrived and stopped behind the trooper’s vehicle. Jensen was sitting on the grass shoulder next to the trooper’s marked vehicle. The trooper walked back to the road ranger to get water for Jensen, who was apparently dehydrated.
Jensen then got into the trooper’s 2013 Dodge Charger and began driving northbound on the turnpike.
Additional troopers responded and stopped Jensen. When they exited their vehicles to apprehend him, Jensen put the stolen vehicle into reverse, accelerated towards the three troopers and then continued driving on the turnpike.
FHP says Jensen drove the stolen vehicle into Osceola County, where the sheriff’s office assisted by deploying stop sticks in the northbound lane of the turnpike.
FHP says Jensen managed to avoid the stop sticks and entered the grass median, where he came to a stop against the guardrail. Jensen exited the vehicle and ran into the woods.
FHP arrested him and transported him to the hospital for treatment. He was charged with stealing a patrol car and reckless driving. Additional charges are pending.
Clearwater police arrested Jensen, about 3 p.m. April 29, at the Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, after he broke out the windows of a car that belonged to his supervisor. He had been employed as a variable lifeguard at the center. Police explained that a variable lifeguard is neither a part-time or full-time employee; he or she works varying hours depending on the needs. He was fired from that job the day of his arrest.
Jensen was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he was charged with felony criminal mischief, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $12,150. He was released on surety bond at 2:30 a.m. April 30.
Clearwater police say Jensen went to a Home Depot the next day, May 1, where he tried to carjack a truck, but a man fought him off. He then forced a teenager from another truck, threatening him with a stolen hammer, and took the truck, a silver Dodge Ram. FHP recovered that truck in the area where Jensen stole the trooper’s vehicle.