MARCO ISLAND — When Marco Island police approached the driver’s side window of a black Mercedes-Benz during a traffic stop Monday night they heard the driver talking on his cell phone reporting that police were harassing him. Cody J. Flowers, 18, of the 800 block of Seagrape Drive Marco Island was stopped for reportedly driving too close to the car in front of him near Winterberry Drive and Heathwood Drive shortly before 11 p.m. Monday.
Flowers gave police his license, but would not hang up the phone or give them his registration, according to reports.
Police said there was “constant movement inside his vehicle while reaching in unknown compartments throughout the vehicle.” When asked to get out of the vehicle, Flowers refused and began to roll up the driver side window with his left hand and reach over with his right hand to push down the drivers door lock, however just prior to locking the door an officer was able to open it and escort Flower out if his vehicle, according to reports.
“Flowers then became combative and started pushing away from me in an attempt to escape,” the officer said.
Flowers was charged with resisting an officer without violence and a search revealed marijuana in his right front pant pocket, police said.
While on the scene, the Collier County Dispatcher then dispatched a 911 hang-up with the remarks of someone stating “Help I’m being harassed,” according to reports.
The call was made by Flowers during the time of the traffic stop, police said.
In addition to the traffic ticket and charge of resisting an officer, Flowers was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and making a false 911 emergency call.