Bonita Springs man flees traffic stop, hides by river and dunks pursuing LCSO police dog

A Lee Sheriff’s Office report said that at a police dog’s approach the…

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Lee County: When to Call 911 (and When NOT To)

Many requests to 911 do not involve true emergencies, which overloads the 911 system with non-emergency calls.

Ginny Beagan, TCPALM

A Bonita Springs man who sprinted from a Lee County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop pushed a tracking police dog underwater after deputies found him under a bridge.

Cody Patrick O’Donnell, 29, remains in Lee County Jail with bond not yet set. His arraignment will be June 7.

A deputy pulled O’Donnell over Monday shortly after midnight when he saw him stop his car 5 feet beyond the crosswalk lines and waiting to turn south onto U.S. 41 from the Red Roof Inn parking lot.

While deputies gathered O’Donnell’s information, the driver ran from the scene and into bushes around the U.S. 41 bridge that runs from North Fort Myers to Fort Myers.

Deputies and a Sheriff’s Office K9 tracked O’Donnell to a spot under the bridge.

At the dog’s approach, a Sheriff’s Office report said, O’Donnell grabbed and pushed it underwater. The dog, K9 Koa, was not hurt.

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After O’Donnell was handcuffed, deputies found a concealed curved-blade knife and brass-knuckles as well as a baggie with a white-power and two plastic straws cut smaller. The powder was later determined to be cocaine, the report states.

Deputies positively identified O’Donnell from a Georgia driver’s license found in the car he was driving. He had originally identified himself by a different name and birthdate.

O’Donnell faces charges of fraud-impersonation, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, striking a police animal and possession of drug equipment.


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