Friday, June 13, 2008

Motorist Charged With Nearly Hitting Deputy

A man who nearly struck a sheriff’s deputy with his car as he sped through an East Naples apartment complex Thursday night and refused to stop was arrested, reports said.

Gerald Dewayne Strickland, 38, 2150 Great Blue Drive, East Naples, was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, DUI, resisting arrest, driving without a license, and reckless driving.

Arrest reports say deputies on foot were patrolling the area near the Heron Park apartments around 10 p.m. when they heard arguing in the parking lot. As deputies approached the apartment complex to investigate, they saw Strickland, who appeared to be involved in the altercation, speed off in a black Nissan Sentra, reports said.

Strickland lost control of the Sentra in the parking lot. Deputies yelled and pointed their flashlights at him in an attempt to get him to stop the car. Strickland regained control of the car and accelerated toward one of the deputies, almost hitting him, reports said.

Deputies continued yelling and shining their flashlights at Strickland, but he refused to stop, reports said. Strickland drove out of the apartment complex and headed north on Airport-Pulling Road.

A deputy in a patrol car stopped Strickland at the intersection of Airport-Pulling and Davis Boulevard, reports said.

Strickland was slurring and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, reports said. A computer check of state Department of Motor Vehicles records showed Strickland did not have a valid driver’s license, reports said.