Fewer incidents at Fort Rock this year despite wrong-way driver

SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. Rock out. But do it in moderation.

Most people who attended this weekend’s Fort Rock music festival adhered to that motto, despite the headline-making arrest of a man accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 75. Fewer people needed emergency medical attention this year than last, Lee County Emergency Medical Services said.

That’s even though the crowd that turned out at JetBlue Park for the two-day event was larger — the largest in the event’s five year history.

A spokesperson for the festival didn’t respond to a request for comment about 30-year-old Cape Coral resident Oscar Castillo, who is facing a charge of driving under the influence after nearly hitting a trooper who had to swerve to avoid him, the FHP said.

The trooper’s dashboard camera appears to show headlights coming in his direction. The FHP said it received multiple calls about a wrong-way around the time the trooper stopped Castillo, the FHP said.

“A rational person shouldn’t have to expect that there’s a car coming at them the wrong way,” FHP Lt. Greg Bueno said.

Lee County Sheriff’s deputies said they found cocaine on Castillo. He’s facing a charge for that as well as for smuggling contraband into a detention facility.

Castillo is free on $11,000 bond and set to appear in court May 30.

 

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