Man arrested after leading deputies on 100 mph chase along U.S. 41

Timothy J. Varble, 39, of North Naples


Timothy J. Varble, 39, of North Naples

Sheriff’s deputies say a 39-year-old North Naples man led them on a chase at speeds of more than 100 mph along U.S. 41.

Timothy J. Varble, of the 3300 block of Bermuda Isle Circle, was arrested early Saturday and charged with high-speed reckless fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer with its lights and sirens active.

A Collier County sheriff’s deputy said he pulled over a pickup Varble was driving after the man made an improper U-turn at U.S. 41 and Immokalee Road about 11 p.m. Friday, reports stated. The deputy said Varble exited the truck and began walking toward him, saying his mother was in the hospital and wanted to leave.

The deputy, who had asked Varble to return to his pickup, said he found arrest warrants sought Varble on charges of failing to pay child support and driving with a suspended license. When the deputy said he was placing Varble under arrest, Varble fled in the truck north on U.S. 41.

The deputy said he pursued Varble, who was driving at speeds of more than 100 mph along U.S. 41. Varble eventually turned left onto Bonita Beach Road, heading west at speeds approaching 100 mph. Varble crashed his truck just west of Barefoot Beach Road and was treated and released from a hospital for injuries before being booked into the Naples Jail Center.

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