A Florida man is accused of setting hearth to his ex-wife’s dwelling following a home disturbance earlier than main police on a high-speed chase in his car painted to resemble the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard tv present.
Oswald Pereira, 44, of Morriston, Florida, faces a number of costs together with fleeing and trying to elude regulation enforcement and three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon following the incident on the home in southwest Marion County on May 14. The State Fire Marshal’s Office are additionally investigating whether or not to convey ahead arson costs in opposition to him.
The Marion County Sherriff’s Department mentioned they have been referred to as to the handle after Oswald Pereira started threatening his ex-wife, Marsha Pereira.
Following the argument, Oswald Pereira is alleged to have poured gasoline across the dwelling and set it alight. The suspect was then noticed working away from the blaze after by chance setting his pants on hearth.
“He said he was going to burn this house down, wasn’t going to let me have anything,” Marsha Pereira instructed Fox 35 Orlando. “I ran out of the house, he stayed and set it on fire. Then he ran out, he was on fire himself.”
Police mentioned Oswald Pereira suffered burns to 15 p.c of his physique together with his legs, arms and again. No one else was injured within the hearth, and two canines have been rescued from inside.
“It was horrible. The flames were shooting through the roof,” neighbor Shirley Gravelle instructed Click Orlando. “I feel bad for the children, because on top of everything else they’re going through, now they have to worry about their family members and what they’re doing.”
After allegedly beginning the blaze, Oswald Pereira is accused of getting in his Dodge Charger, painted to appear to be the enduring car from the favored TV sequence, and escaping the scene.
Deputies chased Oswald Pereira although Marion and Levy counties at speeds of as much as 100 miles per hour. He later ditched the Dodge Charger and jumped right into a white SUV and continued to flee.
The 44-year-old was finally captured after he bumped into his cellular dwelling in Levy County. Oswald Pereira, a former horse jockey, was despatched to Shands Hospital in Gainesville to obtain remedy for his burns earlier than he was arrested.
His ex-wife claimed that Oswald Pereira, who was beforehand charged with aggravated home battery, was abusive in the direction of her all through their marriage.
“We were married 20 years, it’s always been abusive,” she mentioned. “I never thought he’d want to leave his children homeless.”
Oswald Pereira is accused of main police on a high-speed chase after setting foe to his ex-wife’s dwelling. Marion County Sherriff’s Department