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Traffic stop leads to police chase through downtown Fort Myers

Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-25 20:52:59-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A man struck a Lee County deputy during a traffic stop before leading them on a pursuit through the streets of downtown Fort Myers this afternoon.

Deputies were conducting a traffic stop on Pondella Road near North Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers, when the driver, 36-year-old Victor Rivera Ortiz, refused to cooperate and struck a deputy, knocking him to the ground. They say he also attempted to run over the deputy as he fled.

Deputies pursued Rivera Ortiz and a PIT maneuver was attempted near the old US 41 bridge but was unsuccessful. Rivera Ortiz then led them on a chase through the streets of downtown Fort Myers where he was eventually arrested.

Deputies say Rivera Ortiz is on federal probation out of Puerto Rico for trafficking cocaine. He is facing charges of battery of a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and aggravated assault with a vehicle.

This is an ongoing investigation and there may be additional charges.