Florida Officer's Amazing
UFO Encounter
By Randy Fitzgerald
Just before 4 a.m. on March 19, 1992, Patrolman Luis Delgado, 28, of the Haines City, Fla., Police Department frantically radioed his dispatcher. He said that a light had begun following him after he steered his cruiser down a dark street alongside a citrus grove. He requested assistance.
His story, which he would tell
fellow officers, is a strange one.
Delgado said he noticed a
rapidly-descending bright green light in his rearview mirror, and that, seconds later the interior of the car lit up as the light moved to his right and began to pace the car at about 40 miles per hour.
When he slowed his patrol car, the light maneuvered in front of him. Though it was so brilliant he had to squint, what he saw behind the glow shocked him. It appeared to be a metallic dome-shaped object, about 15 feet wide, hovering over the road.
Delgado pulled his car over to a stop and as he did its engine, lights, and police radio all died. The object continued to hover soundlessly about 10 feet off the pavement and 20 feet in front of his vehicle.
Delgado got out of his car and began stepping backward down the street, feeling panic. He noticed that his breath fogged as if it were a cold morning, yet the temperature was 60 degrees.
The object departed silently, and Delgado returned to his patrol car where, he says, the ignition, lights, and police radio all started up again without his assistance.
At 3:56 a.m., four minutes after Delgado made his distress call,
three patrol cars roared up. Sergeant H.L. Bartley found
Delgado sitting in his cruiser with the door open, shaking.
Later that morning Delgado underwent both a physical and a psychological examination, neither of which found any evidence of injury or mental abnormality. Sgt. Bartley, now retired from the force, vouches for Delgado's credibility. "I don't doubt he saw something strange out there that morning."
More than seven years after the incident Delgado, who has not spoken to the media until now, thinks every day about what happened to him. "It's still so vivid in my mind. It was the strangest experience of my life."
Mark Rodeghier, Ph.D., scientific director of the Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, calls Delgado's experience similar to nearly 500 others he has cataloged. "The Delgado encounter fits a pattern we have observed since 1947 of UFOs, whatever they are, adversely affecting engines and electrical systems." ry.htm