PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A violent suspect, who led Punta Gorda Police on a chase Tuesday night, was finally subdued after a bite from a K9.
On Tuesday at approximately 9:45 p.m., a Punta Gorda Police Officer attempted to stop a blue Chrysler after observing the vehicle cross over the grass median on Tamiami Trail. The vehicle, driven by 45-year-old Charles Stevens of Port Charlotte, sped away reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, while swerving recklessly in and out of lanes.
The vehicle continued southbound until coming to a stop past the intersection of Tamiami Trail and Zemel Road. Stevens, who smelled of alcohol, exited the vehicle and refused to comply with orders given by the officer. K9 "Jedi" stood by while officers attempted to place Stevens in handcuffs. As Stevens resisted arrest, two “drive stuns” with the TASER were applied to his right shoulder. Stevens continued to resist and kicked one officer, striking him in the left side of his abdomen.
K9 Jedi was then released and bit Stevens on the right leg. He subsequently complied with officers and was handcuffed. Stevens was transported to Charlotte Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries before being transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He was charged with Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest with Violence, and Driving Under the Influence. He was held without bond.