(September 12, 2019) - An attempted traffic stop for an inoperable headlight turned into much more after the driver made the poor decision to flee from the stop.

On September 11, 2019 at around 8:00pm, officers saw a black Chevy Silverado that had an inoperative headlight and attempted to stop it at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and SW 47th Terrace. After the officers turned on their emergency lights, the driver, William La Rosa Martinez (W/M, DOB: 1-3-80) slowed down but did not stop. Officers could see Martinez looking at them in the side view mirror. The patrol car had its emergency lights on and was intermittently using its siren in order to stop the black Chevy. Martinez turned onto SW 47th Terrace and again at SW 7th Place. He then stopped the vehicle in the driveway at 4215 SW 7th Place, exited his vehicle and began to walk into the open garage.

There were two males, one female and a dog near the entrance to the garage. Officers yelled to Martinez to stop; Martinez did not stop and went inside the residence, ignoring the officers’ lawful commands. Officers attempted to catch Martinez, but the pitbull bit one of the officers on the hand. Martinez eventually came out of the residence and was arrested without incident. Martinez was charged with fleeing and eluding as well as driving with a suspended/revoked license, and he was transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED:  William La Rosa Martinez, W/M, DOB: 1-30-80, of 4215 SW 7th Place, Cape Coral FL.  CHARGES:  Fleeing and Eluding, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked

ARRESTED: William La Rosa Martinez, W/M, DOB: 1-30-80, of 4215 SW 7th Place, Cape Coral FL.
CHARGES: Fleeing and Eluding, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked

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