PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – During the early morning hours of Thursday, February 25th, a traffic stop was conducted on a white Infiniti for a faulty tail light in the area of Tamiami Trail and Adalia Terrace near North Port. Law enforcement made contact with the driver who originally provided deputies with a false name. Throughout their investigation, deputies were able to correctly identify the driver as 55 year old Glen Alonzo Steele. Communications alerted deputies of an active Charlotte County warrant for Steele for failure to appear on a 2020 traffic charge.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies located Cocaine, Methamphetamine and pills from within the vehicle. Steele then fled on foot, leaping from the passenger side of the vehicle. A deputy on scene pursued the suspect when a struggle ensued between the two. The deputy was dragged from the side of the vehicle before being released from it’s hold.
Steele continued fleeing into North Port city limits where he drove through a wooded area rolling the vehicle several times over a small canal and ultimately landed upside down. Both suspect and officer were flown to a local hospital. Steele is in custody at this time as he receives medical care for a suspected head injury.
The deputy involved has been released from the hospital sustaining only minor injuries. This is an extremely active case with multiple charges pending for Glen Alonzo Steele. Updates will be forthcoming when they are available.
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UPDATE FEBRUARY 25, 2021, 5:05 PM: A warrant was officially been signed by a judge for the arrest of Glen Alonzo Steele for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession, a controlled substance (clonazepam), possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, two counts of battery on law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude law enforcement officer with wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property, driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified and giving false id to law enforcement. Steele was released from the hospital with minor injuries and booked in Sarasota County. He will remain there until he is transported to Charlotte County Jail.