CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Enforcement Operation in the Wake of Child Hit By Car Leads to Arrest for Reckless Driving
(December 6, 2013)- On Thursday, December 05, 2013 at around 12:30 PM, the Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Unit conducted an enforcement operation along Hancock Bridge Parkway following Tuesday's crash involving a 9-year-old child.
A Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on an older model Pontiac ion the 1700 block of Hancock Bridge Parkway for a seatbelt violation. The driver initially acted as if he was going to comply and pull over, but suddenly and without warning, fled from the officer, making a u-turn in front of oncoming traffic, causing other drivers to slam on their brakes to avoid collision, then accelerating up to speeds over 70 miles per hour and at times driving on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to flee the traffic stop.
Officers were able to get a good look at the driver and the license plate of the vehicle. Rather than engage in a dangerous pursuit with a person who had already demonstrated a willful and wanton disregard for safety, officers disengaged and tackled the problem another way. Cross-referencing the registered owner's information with Cape Coral Police Department call histories, Officers were able to determine the identity of the driver as Clarence Edward Williams, Jr. of 3024 SW 8th Place, Cape Coral, FL. officers also discovered that the driver had never been issued a license.
Officers responded to that residence and made contact with Williams, taking him into custody without incident. Williams was charged with Reckless Driving and Operating a Vehicle Without a License. Williams was transported to Lee County Jail.