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Joshua Sanders (Credit: LCSO booking photo)

Driver leads officers on chase in Lee County

A driver nearly ran down two Fort Myers police officers before leading them on a chase Tuesday afternoon.

It started at the Howard Johnson Hotel off Cleveland Avenue, where the officers were checking out a suspicious vehicle.

The Fort Myers Police Department said the driver, Joshua Sanders, backed the vehicle up, almost hitting the two officers, who had to jump out of the way. Sanders drove off, leading police and deputies onto I-75. Deputies performed a pit maneuver, stopping the car in the northbound lanes of the interstate, just south of Slater Road in North Fort Myers.

Sanders, 41, is in the Lee County Jail on several charges, including DUI, aggravated assault on an officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation.

Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Reporter:Sara Girard
Writer:Jackie Winchester
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