CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - An alert Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy is responsible for the arrest of several juveniles who fled in a car, ran red lights and stop signs, then crashed in Port Charlotte. All five teens ran from the car wearing black clothing, and left behind a loaded SKS assault rifle, several ski masks and black gloves.
At 11:42 p.m. Wednesday, the deputy saw the teens dressed in black run out of a wooded area and jumped into the 1997 Subaru Outback station wagon parked along the road at Collingswood Blvd. just south of Cochran Blvd. The car drove off when the deputy activated his lights to investigate. He observed the car run a red light and stop sign doing 40mph. The car drove into a parking lot on U.S. 4, jumping the media, blew a tire and continued on Forrest Nelson Blvd. The car lost control and crashed into mailboxes at 20018 Quesada Ave. All occupants ran from the vehicle. Two were captured immediately and with the help of CCSO K9 and helicopter, arrested two others following a two and a half hours search.
The driver of the car was charged with felony Fleeing to Elude, plus Loitering and Prowling, Resisting Officers, Operating a Vehicle Without a License, and Possession of Marijuana. The other three juveniles in custody are ages 14, 16 and 16, all from Port Charlotte. They were all charged at this time with Loitering and Prowling, and Resisting Officers. They were released to their parents pending court action. The other 15 year old who has been identified is still being sought.
Criminal Investigation detectives said they learned that the juvenile’s mission was a home invasion of a known drug house near the area the car was discovered parked along the road. The CID investigation continues and more arrests and charges are expected. If anyone has information about this case, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).