Kyle Bratcher, 35. Credit CCSO.

Man in custody after Punta Gorda chase

A man involved in a police chase on Friday is in custody, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Kyle Bratcher allegedly fled from deputies and broke into a home in Punta Gorda. Bratcher was sleeping in a car and ran once he saw law enforcement, according the sheriff’s office.

Bratcher swam through a canal to escape, according to the sheriff’s office. He broke into a home and stole shorts and a cellphone.

Police said Bratcher fled because there were drugs in the vehicle.

It’s unclear what charges he’ll face.

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