Suspected Hit and Run Driver Arrested
Interlachen, FL: On Sunday July 20, 2014 at approximately 6:30 pm Putnam County deputies responded to a hit and run traffic crash that occurred near the entrance to Hitchcock’s parking lot at 1114 State Road 20 in Interlachen. Callers to the communications center indicated two Hispanic males fled the scene on foot after their yellow Ford F-150 sideswiped a white Kia. Deputies located two men matching their description running from the area and detained them pending the outcome of their investigation. The three occupants of the Kia told deputies the driver of the truck, later identified as 29 year old Claudio G. Ruiz, intentionally swerved his truck into the side of their vehicle after driving very close and making several obscene hand gestures toward them.
After speaking with Ruiz and the truck passenger, Ruiz was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon (the truck). He is currently being held on a $15,012.00 bond.