Fort Myers, FL (December 16, 2018) - A Fort Myers man faces several traffic-related charges after a police pursuit in Collier County. 42-year-old Jose Luis Lopez was charged with Flee-Elude with Disregard for the Safety of Persons or Property, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, DUI and Resisting Arrest on Thursday, December 13th.
Deputies responded to a call regarding a driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 75. When they spotted the vehicle, it made a U-turn and began traveling eastbound. The driver was straddling the lane line as officers continued in pursuit. One officer was then able to pull in front of the vehicle, forcing it to come to a stop. Officers then identified the driver as Lopez.
As an officer approached the vehicle, Lopez accelerated and took off down I-75. He was driving "erratically," slowing down and speeding up again. Police made the decision to stop Lopez's vehicle by any possible means and eventually struck the rear of his vehicle with a patrol car. Lopez lost control of his car and spun into a guardrail.
Police were then able to take Lopez into custody as he continued to resist. He was arrested and taken to jail. There is no word on whether he remains in custody at this time.
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