Cape Coral police arrest suspect following chase; recover fully loaded pistol
A Fort Myers man with 18 license suspensions faces multiple charges after he fled a traffic stop, crashed his vehicle, fled on foot and then had to be shocked with a stun gun before officers could take him into custody, police said Monday.
Kevin Gunn, 42, of Fort Myers was charged with reckless driving, driving on a suspended license,
hit and run (leaving the scene of a crash) and resisting arrest on Friday.
According to police, Cape Coral Police Officer Jeremy McClurg observed an Oldsmobile drive past him in the 900 Block of Hancock Creek Blvd South at 3 p.m. on April 22 at 3 p.m. McClurg noticed the driver was not wearing his seatbelt, officials said.
The officer pulled onto the roadway to get behind the Oldsmobile which reportedly then ran the stop sign at Pondella Road and Hancock Creek Blvd at approximately 20 mph. The officer turned on his overhead lights to pull the car over. The driver reportedly looked in his driver’s side mirror at the officer and accelerated away from him.
As per policy, McClurg did not engage in a pursuit due to the violations being only traffic related. The officer was, however, able to observe the driver continue at a high rate of speed and enter a neighborhood. McClurg sat at the entrance to the neighborhood because his experience told him that canals surrounded this particular neighborhood and it was one way in-one way out.
As McClurg was sitting at the entrance awaiting back up, a neighbor came up to him and told him that an Oldsmobile had crashed a few blocks away and the driver ran from the crash on foot. Officers then set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspect. A resident called police and told the dispatcher that a man was hiding in the bushes behind her home.
The man was confronted by officers and was ordered to get on the ground. The suspect refused and attempted to run from officers. He ran approximately 300 feet through backyards before he was taken into custody by an officer with a stun gun.
The suspect, identified as Kevin Gunn, reported told officers that he ran because he knew that his license was suspended. Gunn’s license had 18 active suspensions, police said.
A resident notified police that she observed Gunn just after he crashed his car. The resident saw Gunn take items from the car and hide them in the bushes nearby before he ran from the scene. Officers searched the area and located laptop computer and a fully loaded Glock pistol.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department