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Cape Coral Man Hospitalized After Reckless High-Speed Chase in Rental Corvette
MONROE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) – A man from Cape Coral found himself in the hospital after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a dangerous high-speed chase in a rental Corvette.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) reported that on Sunday, their dispatch received numerous 911 calls from concerned drivers who witnessed a Corvette speeding and driving recklessly.
According to the sheriff’s office, the sports car was clocked at speeds exceeding 100 mph near Mile Marker 35 at around 12 p.m. Both MCSO and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) made multiple attempts to stop the vehicle.
Ultimately, the officers successfully deployed spike strips at the Channel Two Bridge, causing the car’s tires to deflate. The Corvette eventually came to a halt near Mile Marker 74. However, the driver, identified as 25-year-old Odelin Regis, quickly fled the scene on foot. He was apprehended shortly after. It was later discovered that the Corvette was a rental vehicle.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has charged Regis with driving under the influence (DUI), fleeing and eluding, as well as multiple traffic violations, including reckless driving. There was also a woman present in the car during the chase, but she was not arrested.
“I want to express my gratitude to the dedicated men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Florida Highway Patrol, for swiftly removing this dangerous individual from our streets before he could harm anyone,” stated Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay.
Upon searching Regis’ personal belongings, the following items were seized:
- $27,300 in cash
- 3.3 grams of cocaine
- 2.8 ounces of marijuana
The sheriff’s office revealed that Regis was first taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier and later transferred to a Miami hospital due to the ingestion of pills and cocaine while attempting to flee. The current condition of Regis, as of Monday, remains unclear.
Furthermore, law enforcement discovered a loaded .45-caliber handgun near the Channel Two Bridge after Regis’ arrest. It is yet to be determined whether Regis discarded the firearm during his escape, and an investigation is underway to establish the facts.