A 23-year-old man was hospitalized Sunday after crashing a motorcycle he was accused of stealing in North Naples.
Early Sunday, Collier County deputies were looking for a white motorcycle after a man said it had been stolen from his apartment's parking lot in the 800 block of Wiggins Pass Road, according to an arrest report. A Collier County sheriff's deputy who saw a motorcycle fitting the description on Interstate 75 tried to pull the motorcycle driver over near Pine Ridge Road, but the bike would not stop, reports said.
Minutes later, another deputy saw the bike "in pieces" at the I-75 on-ramp at Golden Gate Parkway. The driver, identified as Asleys Acosta, was found unconscious but breathing in a ditch about 25 feet away from the bike, according to an arrest report.
The motorcycle's owner was called to the scene, where he identified the bike as his own. A shoelace from one of Acosta's shoes was found intertwined in the motorcycle's ignition, an arrest report said.
Acosta, of San Antonio, Fla., was taken to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital for a possible broken arm. He faces felony charges of grand theft auto, fleeing law enforcement in a marked unit and driving while license suspended for a habitual offender.