(November 10, 2017) - A man was arrested after refusing to stop for Cape Coral Police, then leading neighboring agencies on a pursuit.
The Fort Myers Police Department contacted CCPD in reference to a stolen vehicle out of their jurisdiction. FMPD advised that GPS showed the stolen red Dodge Caravan stationary at the 4900 block of York Street. A CCPD officer located the vehicle parked at that location with a white male sitting in the driver seat. The officer pulled his marked vehicle behind the Dodge and ordered the male out of the vehicle. The male, later identified as Corey Melone (DOB: 3-23-93), stuck his head out the window, looked directly at the officer and yelled “----- you” while giving him the middle finger. Melone then accelerated out of the parking lot and headed north on York Street to Miramar Street where he made a right turn eastbound.
The officer got back into his patrol car and located the Dodge on Miramar Street. The officer activated his lights and siren in an attempt to get Melone to pull over but he refused. The Dodge accelerated, and the officer immediately disengaged and advised dispatch of the last direction of travel. Another officer was working a traffic crash at the base of the Cape Coral Bridge and had Cape Coral Parkway eastbound traffic down to one lane. This officer saw the Dodge approaching and attempted to flag him down while on foot. The Dodge evaded the officer and continued eastbound over the bridge. CCPD dispatch contacted FMPD and the Lee County Sheriffs Office of the status of the vehicle and its travel into their jurisdictions.
Approximately 30 minutes later, LCSO contacted CCPD for assistance. LCSO advised that they were at Littleton Road and NE 24th Avenue with the same stolen Dodge and it had crashed into another vehicle. LCSO and FMPD were in pursuit of the vehicle when it crashed. Melone ran from the crash with deputies and FMPD officers chasing him on foot. Prior to any CCPD units arriving on scene, LCSO advised that they had the male in custody with the assistance of two FMPD K-9 units. FMPD advised that Melone intentionally hit one of their units while he was fleeing down US-41. CCPD responded to the scene of the crash at Littleton/NE 24th Avenue and completed a crash report (17-020231), providing it to FMPD to include in their arrest report.
Melone was transported to a local hospital under the custody of FMPD. The CCPD officer who had initially located the Dodge on York Street responded to the scene on Littleton Road where he positively identified the vehicle as being the Dodge that ran from him earlier in the evening. He then responded to the hospital where he positively identified Melone as being the driver of the Dodge that fled from him. FMPD transported Melone to the Lee County Jail after he was released from the hospital, where he was charged with an extensive list of crimes including DUI, aggravated battery, vehicle theft, and fleeing and eluding.
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