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N. Fort Myers Witnesses Two Arrests: U-Haul Theft and LCSO Vehicle Attack

Two men were arrested, and authorities are continuing to analyze an incident late Thursday in North Fort Myers involving the theft of a U-Haul and a subsequent chase leading to the crash of a deputy’s automobile and injury to the officer. One other deputy responding to the scene was injured after his automobile was struck by a rock thrown on the automobile.

Michael Kurpaska was taken into custody and might be charged with two counts of aggravated battery, criminal mischief, three counts of hit and run with damage, and felon possession of ammunition in relation to the U-Haul theft and chase, the Sheriff’s Office reported on social media Friday.

One other man was arrested later in reference to the rock throwing incident.

In line with a Facebook post by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies identified a U-Haul box truck at a gas station near Woodward Avenue and Pine Island Road in North Fort Myers about 10.20 p.m. Thursday and later pursued it.

Despite attempts to stop it, the U-Haul began speeding on the unsuitable side of the road, directly at two deputy’s vehicles, in accordance with the report. The U-Haul struck one sheriff’s automobile and “continued to drive recklessly, ultimately striking a second deputy’s vehicle head-on,” injuring the deputy.

The U-Haul stopped within the 400 block of San Jose Street, where the driving force, identified as Kurpaska, was taken into custody. Detectives also discovered a loaded firearm and a round of ammunition matching that of Kurpaska’s loaded firearm, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case involving the report of a stolen U-Haul in North Fort Myers late Thursday night that led to a chase.

The social media post said a search continued by the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit for the U-Haul’s second occupant who fled the scene.

Because the event was unfolding, a deputy from one other district responded to the crash scene when Nicholas Williams reportedly threw a big concrete rock on the marked patrol vehicle passing by to assist the injured deputy. Williams was charged with throwing a missile into an occupied vehicle and criminal mischief leading to property damage, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The injured deputy was sent to Gulf Coast Hospital for medical evaluation and has been released.

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