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Cape Coral man faces number of charges, including arson

August 28, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A Cape Coral man has been charged with first degree arson, DUI, operating a motor vehicle without a license and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.

Michael Conrad Martinez, 45, allegedly set fire to his girlfriend's house following a dispute Saturday night, according to a release from the Cape Coral Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of S.E. 31st Street in response to a fire around 5 that evening.

The Cape Coral Fire Department was able to put the fire out, and upon investigation by the CCPD Property Crimes Unit detective, forensics specialist and the State Fire Marshal, it was determined the fire was intentionally caused by Martinez, the release said.

The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Martinez fled the area in a Chevy Trailblazer that belonged to his girlfriend, according to CCPD.

Around 10:40 that night, a CCPD officer was conducting selective traffic enforcement on Del Prado Boulevard, South, when he saw the Trailblazer make an illegal U-turn. The officer signaled the car to top, but instead the vehicle sped up and continued driving, the officer did not pursue, the report continued.

Another CCPD officer saw the same Chevy Trailblazer making its way down Veterans Parkway about 20 minutes later.

According to CCPD, the officer observed the car swerving, failing to maintain a single lane and did not signal while changing lanes. The officer identified the vehicle as the same Trailblazer that had previously evaded the CCPD earlier.

The officer followed Martinez into a business parking lot after turning on his emergency lights, where the suspect was taken into custody without incident, the report said.

Martinez submitted to a breath test after a DUI investigation was conducted. The results were .208 and .201 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, according to CCPD.

It was also discovered that Martinez did not have a valid driver's license, the report continued.

Martinez was transferred to Lee County Jail.

 
 

 

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