| Fort Myers News-Press
A fleeing felon hit a Fort Myers Police officer as he attempted to evade questioning after he parked at a convenience store and fell asleep Saturday.
According to department officials, officers approached a red pickup with a man asleep at the wheel about 6:20 a.m. at a 7-Eleven, 2977 Cleveland Ave. He wasn’t in a designated parking spot, and officers said he had been there for some time.
They later identified him as Bryan E. Mink, 44 — released from jail three months earlier. Lee County Jail records indicate he is homeless.
As the officers approached him, they said Mink awoke, started the truck and began to drive off. They ordered him to stop, but he continued, striking one of the officers. The officer was not seriously injured.
Mink led them on a high-speed chase before losing control of the truck, crashing into palm trees, a shed, a fence and narrowly missing a home, records indicate.
Police said Mink’s license was revoked in 2018, the tag on the truck was not registered to it, and he bought the truck in October, but had not registered it or obtained insurance.
Officers found a glass pipe typically used to smoke crack in the truck, they reported.
Police said Mink had been released from jail on Oct. 21 for a similar incident. In October 2019 he fled from police before crashing into several cars. He served 11 months after he was found guilty of several charges in that incident.
Ten days after his release, Mink bought the truck from a friend.
In Saturday’s incident, Mink faces six charges including aggravated battery on a police officer, driving on a revoked license three or more times, fleeing and eluding officers, possession of drug paraphernalia, and leaving the scene of a crash/
Mink remained jailed Monday afternoon on a $72,250 bond.