(July 15, 2016)-  Cape Coral Narcotics Detectives took down a drug dealer yesterday evening who didn't want to go quietly, assaulting officers, wrecking a car, and running through a residential neighborhood.

During the past several weeks the Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics (VIN) Unit conducted controlled purchases of cocaine from Thad A. Yother, 26, of Ft. Myers.

Yesterday evening around 7:45 PM with the assistance of the Cape Coral Police Department Street Crimes Unit (SCU) and K9 Unit, VIN conducted a buy/bust operation in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store located at 924 NE Pine Island Rd.  During the takedown, Yother ignored officers' commands and fled in a vehicle, intentionally striking an occupied SCU vehicle and intentionally swerving at two other officers.  He then fled at a high rate of speed, driving on and off-road in an attempt to escape arrest.

A short time later, Yother lost control and crashed into a power pole support wire at NE Pine Island Ln. and NE 15th Ave. and then fled on foot.  He was apprehended after a lengthy foot chase and with the assistance of a Taser.

Yother was placed under arrest on a variety of charges and transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Thad A. Yother, W/M, DOB: 01-04-90, of 4240 Capulet Ln. #107, Ft. Myers, FL. CHARGES: Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-010527), Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-011010), Trafficking in Heroin, Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-011333), Fleeing to Elude, DWLSR, Leaving the Scene of a Crash w/property damage, Aggravated Battery on LEO, Assault on LEO, Possession of Cocaine w/Intent, Resisting w/o Violence (16-011331).

ARRESTED: Thad A. Yother, W/M, DOB: 01-04-90, of 4240 Capulet Ln. #107, Ft. Myers, FL.
CHARGES: Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-010527), Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-011010), Trafficking in Heroin, Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-011333), Fleeing to Elude, DWLSR, Leaving the Scene of a Crash w/property damage, Aggravated Battery on LEO, Assault on LEO, Possession of Cocaine w/Intent, Resisting w/o Violence (16-011331).

ARRESTED: Thad A. Yother, W/M, DOB: 01-04-90, of 4240 Capulet Ln. #107, Ft. Myers, FL.
CHARGES: Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-010527), Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-011010), Trafficking in Heroin, Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine (16-011333), Fleeing to Elude, DWLSR, Leaving the Scene of a Crash w/property damage, Aggravated Battery on LEO, Assault on LEO, Possession of Cocaine w/Intent, Resisting w/o Violence (16-011331).

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