FORT MYERS, Fla.- Deputies arrested a man Wednesday after a suspected DUI crash after his erratic and violent behavior left authorities no choice but to use a chemical agent on him.
At approximately 4:10 a.m., Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash with a possible DUI at the corner of Summerlin Road and Park Meadows Drive.
The driver, 37-year-old Jeremy Ray Saldana, was detained and placed into the back of a patrol vehicle, as he was not complying with commands from deputies. While in the patrol vehicle, Saldana began screaming and kicking the left rear quarter panel. After multiple pleas to cease and desist, Saldana was taken out of the vehicle and, while being handcuffed, struck the deputy and injured his face.
Saldana was successfully handcuffed and placed back into the patrol vehicle. He repeatedly kicked the left door panel again, breaking the door handle area. Chemical agent was used to gain compliance and Saldana was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
After being taken to the jail and booked on charges of DUI, damage of property and criminal mischief, Saldana became disorderly again. While being escorted through the core facility, Saldana pulled away from the corrections deputy, swung his elbow up, striking the corrections deputy’s nose and breaking it. Saldana was then charged with Aggravated Battery on an Officer. He was informed of his new charge and is still in custody at the Lee County Core Facility.