UPDATE: 3 Marco officers injured in hit-and-run apprehension

Steve Stefanides


The Marco Island Police Department released the name of the man allegedly involved last evening in a hit-and-run accident near Bald Eagle Drive and North Collier Boulevard that left three police officers injured.

John Richard Phillips, 61, of Edington Place on Marco Island, was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released for injures received as a result of the incident.

Upon release from the hospital, Phillips was charged with aggravated fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Three Marco officers were injured as part of the apprehension, but did not require hospitalization, police said.

Two Marco cruisers were also damaged, police said.


Shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday, Marco Islsand police and fire-rescue personnel were dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Bald Eagle and North Collier Boulevard.

Upon arrival, they discovered one of the large light poles at the intersection had been struck by a vehicle and was down on the roadway.

Police said a suspect attempted to flee the scene by going east on Bald Eagle Drive. The driver attempted to avoid Marco police units in the vicinity of the 500 block Bald Eagle Drive. The driver's vehicle struck at least one Marco Island police vehicle but came to a stop in the middle of Bald Eagle Drive.

The unidentified driver was arrested and transported by Collier County EMS with non-life threatening injures to a local hospital. Three Marco officers were slightly injured during the apprehension of the subject.