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Occurred : 8/12/1995 03:30 (Entered as : 08121995 3:30)
Reported: 5/17/2014 12:02:53 AM 00:02
Posted: 6/4/2014
Location: South of Sarasota, FL
Shape: Changing
Duration:~5 minutes
Proximal sighting of shape shifting, falling leaf UFO.

On or about 03:30 in the morning of Saturday, August 12, 1995, I was witness to what can only be described as a genuine UFO sighting on I-75 Noth bound, just south of Sarasota, Florida. I say to have witnessed a UFO, not claiming it was extra terrestrial in nature, but, a flying craft that was unidentifiable.

I am former miilitary, and I will not describe the nature of my military experience other than to state that I am very familiar with most if not all known aircraft, whether civilian or military to make any identification of such vehicles with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence. What I saw on this occasion, is entirely foreign to my experience and remains so nearly 20 years later.

On the afrementioned morning, I was driving a 1992 Ford Taurus, a vehicle kept in excellent mechanical condition, traveling on North bound I 75, on my way from Hollywood, FL, to Tampa, FL. As I began to approach a very well lit section of the interstate, some 10-12 miles South of Sarasota, Florida, I caught sight of what I first took to be a rotary wing aircraft in distress. At this point, the interstate is divided by only a 40 yard or less median, and the craft was above the emergency lane on the opposite side, or on the South bound side of I75. The craft appeared as a helicopter experiencing tail rotor failure of some sort, as it was descending in a seemingly uncontrolled fashion, pitching side to side and coming down like a falling leaf. It dropped from about 500 ft to about 150 to 100 ft above ground in this fashion when it suddenly stopped, right above a tall highway light, to shine a bright beam of yellowish white light onto an empty, older model sedan, that was parked on the southbound emergency lane of I 75. This craft was approximately 30 to 35 ft. In length, an approx. 10 - 15 ft in height, and 10 ft + in breadth, it had no windows, no wings of any type known, and overall this craft seemed to change shape and color, with an almost fluid manner. As I approached this scene with! my vehicle, I lowered my driver's side window to get a better look, as got immediately parallel to it, being less than 120 ft. distant from its location. As I passed it, outside of the normal rush of air noise, the other vehicle made absolutely no sound, it was noiselessly hovering, frozen in place. The surface if this craft seemed to have a multi faceted airframe, and was oblong shaped. The facets on the surface seemed to change planar configuration , as the edges converged with one another to constantly change its outer shape without changing its dimensions. The craft emitted what seemed to be intermittently dull and brighter levels of light intensity in colors that were in the off white, yellow, dull orange and almost beige range. The craft did not appear to have any visible signs of doors, hatches, windows or ports of any sort. As I was experiencing all this with my head half out the driver's window, I suddenly became aware that my car's engine had shut off, and I began ! to struggle against the loss of power steering. The craft remained motionless, still shining a beam of light on the parked vehicle. I immediately turned my attention to my car, shifted the transmission to neutral and turned the key on the ignition, my vehicle started up again instantly. I turned to look at the craft again, it was still there, however, within a second or so, it turned off its beam of light , and began to slowly ascend in a perfectly linear and vertical attitude, some 50 - 70 ft, when it suddenly, just vanished. I did not see it fly off in any direction, I just saw it disappear, there was no more light or movement, just empty air.

Weather conditions on this date was slight to medium, low cloud cover with the expected high humidity for that time of year, approx. 72 F. All this took place in a time span of less than 30 - 45 seconds, and although I did lower my speed to about 40 MPH +/-, the actual experience seemed to have taken more than a minute. Once the craft disappeared, it did not reappear again, and I have not seen anything like it since.