LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Two men have been arrested after allegedly speeding away from a traffic stop, crashing into a Lee County Sheriff's Office cruiser, crashing into a tree and then fleeing the scene on foot. It all began yesterday around 2:00 p.m. in the area of Palm Beach Blvd. and Ortiz Avenue.
A second deputy arrived to assist after the failed traffic stop, but the Malibu that the suspects were driving hit the LCSO vehicle.
A third responding deputy was traveling on SR 82 in a marked patrol vehicle with lights and sirens activated, when the Malibu attempted to hit that vehicle as well.
The Malibu finally hit a tree at the intersection of Haviland Ave. and SR 82. Both occupants fled on foot. With the help of the LCSO helicopter, deputies were able to track down the driver of the vehicle, Octavius McArthur Pullen, about two blocks away from the site of the crash.
Deputies with the K-9 unit were able to track the passenger, Joshua Eugene White, who tried to flee through a canal near Haviland Ave. and Meadow Road. Lee County Sheriff's K-9 Triton apprehended White in the canal. The suspect then hit the dog and tried to hold Triton's head underwater. Responding deputies were able to enter the canal and forcefully take White into custody.
Pullen was arrested and charged with Fleeing/Eluding Police with Disregard to Safety of Persons or Property; two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer; and Resisting an Officer Without Violence.
White was arrested and charged with Public Order Crimes - Cause Harm to a Police Dog and Resisting an Officer Without Violence.
Lee County Sheriff's Office detectives are continuing the investigation.