LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The 23-year-old career criminal who caused a chaos on I-75 yesterday afternoon, made a first appearance in court this morning. Matthew Wilson was arrested after driving a stolen vehicle, and forcing a deputy to shoot at him.
No stranger to criminal misconduct, Wilson is behind bars in the Lee County Jail, facing multiple felony charges on top of two misdemeanor charges. He's being held on $75,000 bond, charged with fleeing and eluding, assault on an officer, grand theft, moving traffic violation, and driving with a suspended license. He's also being held for violating of the Widman Act for violating terms of his probation.
Wilson was just released from jail on probation one week ago.
Investigators say Wilson stole a pick-up truck yesterday, which led to a chase along I-75, and ended in a collision near the Bayshore Road exit. A deputy shot at Wilson in fear of his own life.
Wilson has racked up a history of 31 arrests in eight years, with several failures to appear in court. Wilson is scheduled to make a first appearance on the probation violation charges tomorrow.
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