Jesse Penn, Alicia Williams, Charles Willis: Gunfire, chase in Port St. Lucie ends with 3 arrests

PORT ST. LUCIE — An argument in a parking lot led to a two-car, 80-mph chase and gunfire early Sunday on U.S. 1.

A man leaned out the window of the pursing car and fired, hitting the other car twice but without injuring anyone, according to arrest affidavits stemming from the 1:12 a.m. incidents.

St. Lucie County Sheriff's investigators intervened and arrested three Fort Pierce residents in the rear car: Jesse Lee Penn, 19, of the 1900 block of Tucker Court; and Alicia Williams, 24, and Charles Willis, 21, both of the 4500 block of Whispering Pines Lane.

Each of the three was arrested on a felony charge of committing a crime that could have caused death. Willis faces an additional violation of probation charge.

The report doesn't indicate what started the argument, but the chase happened after one car backed into the other while trying to flee from the parking lot of a 7-Eleven on Prima Vista Boulevard.

Williams was the driver of the pursuit vehicle, a silver Nissan, and police quoted her as saying she sped after the other car because, "Willis is her man, he told her to follow (the other vehicle), so she did."

According to the reports, it was Willis who allegedly argued with people in the other car.

Penn was quoted as saying he had a .25-caliber handgun he had just purchased for $150, and that he fired it in the direction of the other car. However, he said he was too intoxicated to remember much else.

According to the report, Willis said he was just waving his hands out the window, trying to stop the other vehicle so they could exchange accident information. However, Penn told police he thought Willis also fired a gun, the reports state.

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