Collier deputies are looking for two men who drove away from a traffic stop in Immokalee and crashed a stolen SUV into a residence Sunday night, according to an incident report.
Around 7:20 p.m., a deputy stopped a 2001 Ford Explorer near the intersection of Immokalee Drive and Adams Avenue for speeding, the report said. When the deputy asked for license and registration, the driver said he did not have a valid Florida driver’s license.
While the deputy was on his radio talking to dispatch, the driver sped off in the Explorer. The driver eventually hit a fence in a yard and struck the side of a home at 705 Hendry St., deputies said.
The driver and the passenger got out of the car and ran. Deputies searched for the suspects with K9 and aviation units but were unable to find them.
Deputies later confirmed the SUV was reported as stolen to the Bridgeton, N.J., police department. Officials there said they would notify the owner in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
If found, the suspects could face charges of grand theft auto, fleeing an officer with disregard for the safety of other people and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, according to an incident report.