The man who led deputies on a wild car chase through central Fort Pierce Wednesday and ended being shot in the process has been identified as a 41-year-old Port St. Lucie resident.
Marco Robert Margolis was driving "at a high rate of speed" Wednesday morning when deputies say they tried to pull him over.
According to an arrest affidavit, deputies spotted Margolis pulling out of a driveway on North 13th Street in Fort Pierce where "numerous arrests for possession of narcotics" have been made.
Margolis proceeded to run through a number of stop signs, and red lights -- and at one point cut across a school playground, according to St. Lucie County Chief Deputy Garry Wilson.
"Thank God there were no children on the playground when he did this," said Wilson said.
Margolis eventually headed down South 13th Street, right towards Nora Summerlin's home. Summerlin was in the kitchen and heard the sirens.
"Kind of looked out the window and saw this SUV coming towards the house," Summerlin said. "I thought it hit the house. The SUV backed up into one of the deputy's cars and then they started shooting. My grandson said 'Nana, we need to get to the back of the house.'"
"All of a sudden I heard bam, bam, bam, bam, bam and it was quite clear it was gunshots in front of my house," added neighbor Kevin Frazier. Margolis was shot, but kept going.
"So I looked out my window and saw a vehicle going by with the window smashed out," said Kevin Carter, who also lives nearby.
Margolis only got another block, before jumping out of the SUV and running, where he was caught behind a home, deputies said.
"To deliberately hit two of our patrol vehicles in the process and then back up on the deputies when they are trying to order him out of the car -- he put the deputies lives in danger and they did what they had to do," said Wilson.
Margolis was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and has been charged with seven felonies and four misdemeanors, according to the arrest affidavit.
His charges include:
Three felony counts of assault on officers
Two felony counts of battery on officers
Felony fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers and disregard for their safety
Felony grand theft of a motor vehicle
Misdemeanor resisting an officer
Misdemeanor trespassing on school property and disturbing the school
Misdemeanor driving while license suspended for a second time.