IMMOKALEE — A hit-and-run crash in Immokalee on Monday turned into a vehicle pursuit and foot chase by Collier deputies.
Deputies arrested Alberto Ayala, 40, of the 1700 block of Palm Avenue in Immokalee, and charged him with leaving the scene of a crash, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence, fleeing a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license as a habitual offender.
After Ayala hit another vehicle at State Road 82 and County Road 850, a deputy saw Ayala's 1996 white Ford Taurus headed south on State Road 29 with smoke coming from under its hood, according to reports.
When the deputy tried to make a traffic stop, Ayala turned into the Winn-Dixie parking lot on Lake Trafford Road, sped up and turned back onto Lake Trafford Road, reports said.
Ayala reached 48 mph on North 18th Street, turned onto Eighth Avenue and tried to jump out of the moving vehicle.
He was dragged by the vehicle for a short time, got to his feet, ran into the front of the deputy's vehicle and jumped over the passenger side front panel, reports said.
With a deputy chasing him on foot, Ayala ran through a gap in a chain-link fence, behind a business on North 15th Street to Palm Avenue and ran behind a house at Pine Street, where other deputies pulled in front of Ayala and stopped him.