Cape Coral Pkwy shut down after fire, crash with Cape PD volunteer vehicle

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Cape Coral Parkway is closed at Agualinda Boulevard where witnesses say a man stole a police volunteer unit vehicle, causing a small fire after he crashed into a light pole Monday.

The man who caused the crash had been detained by police, but escaped in handcuffs, jumping into the volunteer vehicle, then led authorities on a short chase before the wreck, witnesses said.

That driver is in the hospital receiving treatment for serious injuries, authorities said.