Jesse H. Freifeld

1 arrested after vehicle hits LCSO deputy in Tice

FORT MYERS, Fla. A 21-year-old man was arrested after a Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was hit by a vehicle early Monday morning on Palm Beach Boulevard, the sheriff’s office said.

Jesse H. Freifeld, 21, of the 20100 block of Ballylee Court, is accused of driving his light gold Nissan Altima over the left foot of Deputy Morejon, the sheriff’s office said. Morejon was identified only by his last name.

Freifeld was also in a collision involving a Lee County deputy June 12, according to the sheriff’s office. He’s accused of dragging the deputy while fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run crash.

Monday’s collision happened just before 4 a.m. at the intersection of Palm Beach Boulevard and New York Drive in Tice.

Morejon was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries, deputies said.

The collision is under investigation, according to deputies.

Freifeld is facing five charges stemming from Monday’s collision, including resisting an officer, knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license, aggravated battery and fleeing or eluding police.

Those are on top of the charges of DUI and fleeing the scene of the crash he faces from the June 12 encounter. He was released on bond Saturday.

Freifeld is now in custody with no bond set for Monday’s arrest.

Reporter:Nicole Valdes