Man allegedly high on meth accused of ramming 3 people with SUV in Lenexa, thought they were after him


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OLATHE, Kan. -- "Oh, my God I was petrified. Just wham, bam, kaboom! The next thing you know i'm all shaken up," said Neva Byrd, who says a man rammed her new sports utility vehicle from behind and just sped off.

Byrd said hit and run happened Wednesday afternoon as she drove home from work near 95th Street and Lackman Road.

"He just came out of nowhere. I looked down, quickly looked out my mirror and bam, I tell you he hit me. No get out of the way, no honking, nothing," Neva recalled.

What's more police say before 29-year-old Jose Robledo-Medrano hit Byrd's vehicle, he clipped a man's truck as he got off the 95th Street exit ramp near Interstate 435.

Cops say the the wild rides weren't over for Medrano, whom they suspect was high on methamphetamine when he then hit a third vehicle not far from where he banged up Neva Byrd's SUV.

"I didn't even see him when he made a u-turn and came my way. I was just cruising. There's nobody else around me and the next thing i'm like what is this guy doing? He just hit me so quickly, " recounted Byrd, who's truly grateful she and the other two drivers weren't hurt.

Meantime, cops say about 30 minutes after the first wreck two Lenexa officers pulled the suspect over along 95th Street where he finally surrendered. Officers found a pair of brass knuckles in the Robledo-Medrano car, but no gun.

As of late Thursday, the suspect was still in the Johnson County jail charged with aggravated battery and possession of meth.

Investigators say when officers arrested him, Robledo-Medrano he told them he kept driving after all three wrecks because "he thought the three drivers were after him."

FOX 4's Robert Townsend talked briefly to the suspect's mother, who said she had repeatedly urged her son to get help for his apparent meth addiction.

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