Pursuit results in minor arrested on 13 counts, including possession of a firearm

Tomas Rodriguez
Naples Daily News

A 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday on more than a dozen charges after he led deputies on a brief pursuit in a stolen vehicle while under the influence of drugs, the Collier County Sheriff's Office announced.

“This was a job well done by our deputies who took control and handled this incident and safely took the suspect into custody,’’ Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said in the Facebook post.

The minor is charged with grand theft auto; fleeing and eluding; carrying a concealed firearm; possession of a firearm by a juvenile; reckless driving; three counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage; DUI; three counts of DUI with property damage, and driving without a license.

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Deputies said he was behind the wheel of an SUV that sped through a four-way stop at the intersection of Shadowlawn Drive and Estey Avenue. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the juvenile sped away. Deputies then engaged in a pursuit.

The pursuit ended when the minor crashed the SUV into two other vehicles on Davis Boulevard near U.S. 41 East, officials said.

Deputies said the juvenile had a loaded gun in his waistband when they took him into custody. A large knife was also visible inside the vehicle.

According to the post, a CCSO drug recognition expert evaluated the minor and determined he was under the influence of cannabis. The juvenile admitted to using a powerful marijuana product just before getting in the vehicle and driving.

Deputies added the SUV was reported stolen out of the Countryside community in East Naples last week. The vehicle was undriveable and sustained an estimated $5,000 damage after the juvenile crashed it.

Deputies said the minor, who turns 18 at the end of the month, has a long history of felony offenses dating back to 2017. 

They include robbery, burglary and grand theft auto. This wasn’t the first time he has fled deputies in a stolen car.

He was arrested last October on multiple felonies after leading deputies on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

As a matter of policy, the Naples Daily News doesn't identify minors facing criminal charges.

Tomas Rodriguez is a Breaking/Live News Reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. You can reach Tomas at TRodriguez@gannett.com or 772-333-5501. Follow him on Twitter @TomasFRoBeltran.