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Man points gun at HCSO deputy's patrol car on I-4, arrested for DUI

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 11:31:41-04

An Orlando man was arrested in Hillsborough County late Sunday night after he reportedly pointed a gun at a marked Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office vehicle while traveling eastbound on I-4. 

HCSO Deputy Genevish was traveling eastbound on I-4 in his marked vehicle with Deputy Seigler several car lengths behind him at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Sunday night. 

A gray Nissan Versa came speeding up behind the deputies in the lane next to them. The vehicle maintained a half car length behind Deputy Genevish's vehicle while traveling eastbound.

Deputy Seigler saw the driver, 24-year-old Nico Torres, roll the window down and point his arm out the window, forming his fingers into the shape of a gun, acting like he was firing at Deputy Genevish's vehicle. Torres reportedly brought his hand back into the car and then extended it back out of the car, holding a black semi-automatic firearm and pointing it toward Deputy Genevish's vehicle. Deputy Seigler alerted Deputy Genevish.

Shortly thereafter, a traffic stop was conducted at I-4 and Branch Forbes Road. Deputies took Torres into custody without incident. A Glock 17 was found in the floorboard with a round in the chamber and no magazine attached. The magazine was found in the glove compartment. 

Deputies say Torres appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. A DUI unite responded to the scene and conducted their investigation. Torres was arrested for Aggravated Assault with Firearm on LEO, Carrying Concealed Firearm, and Driving Under the Influence.