NAPLES — A near accident between two vehicles escalated into a high-speed chase that ended with a collision and a Collier County deputy handcuffing both men at gunpoint.
The suspected instigator, Matthew Martinez, 19, was arrested on a charge of willful, wanton reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
According to the report, a deputy was waiting at a red light on Golden Gate Boulevard on Wednesday night when he saw the two vehicles speed through the intersection, heading north on Collier Boulevard at more than 85 mph. A black Mazda appeared to be chasing a silver Mitsubishi, and both cars were weaving in and out of traffic.
The deputy gave chase as the cars turned left onto Third Avenue Northwest and began to speed up, outpacing the deputy. The black Mazda abruptly cut in front of the Mitsubishi, causing both cars to collide and stop, according to the report. As Martinez jumped out of the Mazda and the other man cowered, the deputy pulled up, pulled his gun and handcuffed both men, the report states.
Martinez told the deputy "he just wanted to talk" to the other driver, who nearly rear-ended his car at the I-75 interchange at Pine Ridge Road, according to the report.
The deputy arrested Martinez and released the other driver, whom he said was fleeing in fear. Martinez was also cited for reckless driving and going 30 mph over the speed limit.