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UPDATE: Road Rage Results In Felony Charges

UPDATE: Road Rage Results In Felony Charges

(July 15, 2019) - The driver involved in a nasty road rage-related crash on Hancock Bridge Parkway in April was arrested this weekend after a warrant for her arrest was approved.

On April 25, 2019 around 12:15pm, Cape Coral Police responded to a severe two vehicle traffic crash at the 500 block of Hancock Bridge Parkway. Four occupants were hospitalized, one with life-threatening injuries. A Major Crash Investigator, Victim Advocate, Forensics, and a Drug Recognition Expert responded to assist with this investigation.

On July 12th, after a lengthy and detailed investigation, the Major Crash Investigator requested a warrant for the arrest of Marli Sollitto (W/F, DOB: 11-3-99) for 2 counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (her vehicle), 2 counts of reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, and criminal mischief over $1,000. The warrant was approved, and Sollitto surrendered herself to the Major Crash Investigator at the Cape Coral Police Department, where she was arrested and transported to the Lee County Jail. Additional charges are pending for the passenger of Sollitto’s vehicle (a 17 year old female) for pepper-spraying the other vehicle’s driver just before the crash occurred.

The original news release for this crash can be found below:

Afternoon Crash Sends Four to the Hospital

ARRESTED: Marli Sollitto, W/F, DOB: 11-3-99, of 934 SW 31st Street, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon (2 counts), Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury (2 counts), Criminal Mischief Over $1,000

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Patrol's Perceptive Powers Result in Felony Arrest

Patrol's Perceptive Powers Result in Felony Arrest

(July 11, 2019) - A Cape Coral Police Department Patrol officer’s astute observations in traffic led to a felony arrest for a stolen vehicle as well as weapons violations.

On July 10th, 2019 at approximately 3pm, a CCPD Patrol officer conducting his patrols was traveling westbound at the 1500 block of NE Pine Island Road and noticed a gray Lexus next to him in traffic, also traveling westbound. The Lexus slowed and would not pass the officer under any circumstances, even as their speed fell well below the posted limit. Finally at the 1000 block of NE Pine Island Road the Lexus passed the officer, and upon running the license plate the officer learned the vehicle was stolen out of Collier County.

The officer waited for backup officers to respond, and initiated a high-risk traffic stop at the 1300 block of SW Pine Island Road. Contact was made with two occupants, including the driver, Jonluc Maynor (W/M, DOB: 10-23-98). Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen out of Collier County with two firearms also in the vehicle. One firearm, a Smith and Wesson revolver, was located sticking out from under Maynor’s driver’s seat.

Maynor was placed under arrest for carrying a concealed firearm without permit, driving on a suspended license, and for a Collier County warrant for failure to appear on petit theft charges. CCPD detectives are also in contact with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, with possible grand theft auto and theft of firearm charges pending. Maynor was transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Jonluc Maynor, W/M, DOB: 10-23-98, of 2001 Airport Pulling Road, Naples FL.

CHARGES: Carrying Concealed Weapon, Out of County Warrant, Driving on Suspended License; More Charges Possibly Pending Out of County

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

CCPD "Black and Whites" to Explore Going "Green"

CCPD "Black and Whites" to Explore Going "Green"

(July 11, 2019) - The Cape Coral Police Department’s black and white police vehicles may soon be adding a new “color”: green!

The Cape Coral Police Department is among the first in the country to get brand new hybrid SUVs built specifically as police vehicles. The Ford Fusion-based Police Responder Sedan and the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor are the first true hybrids built for police purposes. 

Although it sounds and drives like a typical police vehicle, Ford estimates the vehicles will save on the number of gallons of fuel per car per year. Initially, the CCPD is purchasing two hybrid SUVs. By transitioning the police fleet to electric vehicles (EVs), the City of Cape Coral Police Fleet hopes to lead by example by helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions, saving taxpayer money, improving public health, and reducing our nation’s dependence on oil. 

Cape Coral Police Chief Dave Newlan thinks hybrid police vehicles could be the wave of the future. “We believe in always being on the cutting edge of technology in order to be as efficient and effective as possible in furthering our number one priority: the safety of the community and our police officers.” he said.

Ford Motor Company claims that the new hybrid Police Interceptor SUV is faster and more fuel efficient than the gas-powered model it's replacing. Tailpipe emissions are reduced because the engine is shutting off for extended periods of time. There will be fewer oil changes and fewer brake changes because of regenerative braking on the vehicle. Officer patrol time will be increased as there will be fewer trips to the gas pump. The electric motor on the hybrid allows the gas engine to turn off, with savings estimates to the department of more than 600 gallons a year per cruiser.

The vehicles will cost $2,500 more than the gas-powered version, but Chief Newlan believes the upgrade is worth it. "You spend a little more up front," Newlan said, "but with fuel savings alone, we hope to make up that additional payout in the first few years."  

A new safety feature on the hybrids is a perimeter alert, which warns the officers if someone comes up from behind them, and automatically rolls up the windows and locks the doors.  

Officers tested the hybrid vehicles to determine whether they would meet the standards of the department, and initial impressions were very good, resulting in the go-ahead in ordering the first few of these vehicles. The CCPD will get its first two hybrid SUVs in December of this year, and the department may order more if preliminary testing in the field proves the efficiency and cost savings. Currently, the department has about 300 vehicles and spends about $625,000 a year on fuel.

Photo courtesy of Car & Driver magazine.

Photo courtesy of Car & Driver magazine.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341