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Cape man attempts to flee from police but is caught and charged

July 20, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

Early Wednesday morning, a Cape Coral Police patrol officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign and having an equipment violation.

The reported violation took place in the 2600 block of Shelby Parkway, with the stop also on Shelby Parkway.

According to a report from the CCPD, once the vehicle stopped, the driver, John Edwin Durlacher, 38, of 4446 Orchid Blvd., Cape Coral, fled on foot. The officer gave chase and Durlacher threw the backpack he was wearing into a nearby and then jumped into the water, swimming to the middle of the canal.

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John Edwin Durlacher

The report indicates that after additional officers arrived on scene, Durlacher swam to a nearby dock to get out of the water. He then removed his pants and threw them on the dock before climbing out of the canal, where he was immediately apprehended.

Officers recovered the backpack and a search revealed four syringes as well as a Tupperware container with a white powder residue inside that tested positive for cocaine. The report states that officers located several pieces of crack cocaine and a crack pipe inside Durlacher's vehicle.

Durlacher was charged with resisting arrest without violence, driving on a suspended drivers license - 3rd offense, possession of cocaine, five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

Durlacher was later transferred to the Lee County Jail.



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