(July 3, 2015)- A drunk Cape Coral man made led Police Officers and Firefighters on a wild chase that ended in a storm drain with the man under arrest.
Yesterday, Officers responded to an open 9-1-1 call at 614 SE 2nd Avenue where a male said over the phone, “Do you want me to just kill myself?” Officers made contact with a subject, identified as Mark Pierce, W/M, 38, of Cape Coral, who appeared intoxicated and several other people outside the residence near the lanai area.
Officers confirmed that Pierce was the one who owned the phone and when he started asking Pierce questions about what was said to CCPD Communications? Pierce began yelling at Officers that he was not going to answer any questions and that he was afraid of Officers. Pierce then walked to the front of the residence. Officers confirmed with the other people that Pierce was not a threat to himself and they apologized for the way Pierce was acting. Officers went back to their patrol car and found Pierce sitting on the hood.
Pierce got off of the car and began yelling obscenities. Pierce would not stop yelling and several neighbors came outside to see what was happening. Officers attempted to place Pierce under arrest for disorderly intoxication. Pierce employed a colorful metaphor using his fingers and then ran to Saratoga Lake Park where he jumped into the canal. Additional Police Officers and Cape Coral Fire Department responded to the scene.
Several Officers got onto a boat and tried to talk to Pierce into exiting the canal but he refused. Pierce would not take any floatation devices that were offered to him and would not listen to Officers. Pierce then entered into a storm drain and refused to come out. K9 Officer Jason Matyas, Officer Hugh Esterle, Officer Kevin Aley, and Officer Brian Dennis, all went into the canal and entered the storm drain to take Pierce into custody, which they did without further incident. A marijuana pipe was found inside of Pierce’s pocket.
Pierce was arrested for Disorderly Intoxication, resisting Officers (without violence), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to Lee County Jail.
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