(October 23, 2014)- A Cape Coral man who fled from officers last night with his infant son in the back seat of his car is behind bars today on multiple charges.
Last night at around midnight, Cape Coral Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car in the 3600 block of Del Prado Boulevard S. for running a stop sign and multiple equipment violations.
As soon as the officer turned on his lights and sirens, the car made a U-turn and proceeded south on Del Prado at a high rate of speed with total disregard for other vehicles on the road. The driver of the car even went so far as to drive up onto a curbed median to avoid other cars and turned off its headlights to continue fleeing from officers.
Seeing this display of reckless driving, Officers terminated their efforts to stop the car, and backed off, keeping the driver in sight. As additional officers came into the area, the driver began making several u-turns and eventually drove into a residential neighborhood, almost striking a bicyclist in the 2700 block of SE 15 Pl. When officers would attempt to re-engage and stop the driver, the driver would take off again.
Officers in marked patrol cars set up at positions north and south of this neighborhood and prepared to deploy tire deflation devices. When the vehicle came out of the neighborhood and entered the parking lot of the Casa Loma Motel, Officers moved in. The driver opted not to continue fleeing and Officers took him into custody without additional incident.
The driver was identified as Esley K. Blassengame (B/M 12-02-90), of 1328 NE Juanita Place, Cape Coral, FL. Investigation revealed that his license was suspended multiple times and he had an active warrant for Failure to Appear. Inside the car, Officers located an infant child. The child, as it turned out, was Blassengame's son. DCF was notified and the child was turned over to the care and custody of its mother.
Blassengame was taken into custody on these charges and was additionally charged with Fleeing to Elude and Culpable Negligence.
ARRESTED: Esley K. Blassengame (B/M 12-02-90), of 1328 NE Juanita Place, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Fleeing to Elude, DWLS, FTA Warrant, and Culpable Negligence.
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