Thursday, February 2, 2023

Fleeing Suspect Drives into Marco Canal

A suspect fleeing the Marco Island Police drove his vehicle into a Marco Island canal on the evening of Monday, February 4, 2019.

Police Captain David S. Baer of the Marco Island Police Department has issued the following statement:

On 2/4/19 at approximately 7:28pm, Marco Island PD Officers were dispatched to a restaurant on N. Collier Blvd regarding an intoxicated male selling drugs – specifically large bags of what was believed to be marijuana.  Officers arrived on the scene and witnessed the suspect flee the scene in a black vehicle.

Officers attempted a traffic stop, however the vehicle the stopped in the middle of the roadway, at which time the driver stuck his head out of the vehicle, yelled something towards the officers and then vehicle fled the scene.  The suspect went down a dead end residential street and subsequently drove off a seawall into a canal.  The suspect began dumping bags of green leafy substances as the vehicle was sinking.

Additionally Officers witnessed the suspect take a large amount of pills while in the water.

The suspect resisted orders and physical attempts to remove him from the canal.

Marco Island Fire Rescue assisted on scene with their vessel, from which the suspect was pulled from the water by two police officers. The suspect was transported to a local hospital to be medically cleared before being taken to the Naples Jail Center.  Six hours after the incident the suspect’s BAC reading was .117.  Officers recovered over five pound of marijuana, as well narcotics and amphetamines.  With the assistance of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team the vehicle was recovered from the canal.

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The suspect, Gary M. Mighell, 38 years of age, of Naples Florida is being charged with:

  • Possession of a controlled substance;
  • Tamper with evidence;
  • Fleeing and eluding;
  • Resisting an officer without violence;
  • Driving under the influence;
  • Disorderly intoxication.

Coastal Breeze News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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