Reports: Man fought with officers, defecated in pants

William Liddell

William Liddell

A Golden Gate man was arrested Tuesday in an overdue rental van after authorities say he hit two vehicles, punched a police officer and defecated in his pants.

Naples police began looking for William David Liddell, 45, after neighbors at a trailer park said they watched him hit a car on Marie Lane around 4:45 p.m., according to an arrest report. Witnesses said Liddell almost hit pedestrians as he sped away.

Shortly after 8 p.m., officers on U.S. 41 East saw a 2012 Ford van with its driver side mirror missing, which matched the suspect vehicle's description. The officers stopped the van when it parked at a nearby McDonald's.

When Liddell saw the officer approach, he started the engine and put the van in reverse, an officer said. The officer opened the door and told Liddell he was under arrest. Liddell punched the officer, who returned a punch and was struck by the driver's side door, a report said. The van stopped when it hit the patrol car.

Liddell continued to struggle with officers as he was placed under arrest, a report said. While taking pictures of his injuries, the officer noticed Liddell had defecated in his pants, according to the report.

Investigators learned the van was a one-day rental from U-Haul that had not been returned as promised on Sept. 22. A background check also revealed Liddell's license had been suspended in late September for a violation resulting in a death or serious injury.

Liddell, of the 4500 block of 16th Place Southwest, faces charges of DUI, DUI property damage, driving while license suspended, possessing a canceled driver's license, leaving the scene of a crash with damage, failure to redeliver leased property more than $300, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting an officer with violence.

As of Tuesday, he remained at the Naples Jail Center in lieu of bonds totaling $221,000.

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