Naples man flees deputy, drives on the wrong side of I-75

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George Amayafuentes, 35. (Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Office)
George Amayafuentes, 35. (Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

A Naples man led a Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a chase, fleeing from the red and blue lights at speeds over 80 mph and driving on the wrong side of Interstate 75 before coming to a stop in a head-on crash Saturday.

The suspect, George Amayafuentes, 35, faces a misdemeanor DUI 1st Offense and Unlawful Speed charge.

A CCSO deputy was stopped on Golden Gate Pkwy. near 66th ST SW, when an Infiniti QX60 propelled past him at around 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the CCSO press release. The deputy caught up with Amayafuentes near an overpass to I-75.

As the deputy blared his emergency lights and attempted to stop Amayafuentes, the suspect turned north onto the southbound exit ramp heading into oncoming traffic. The suspect swerved dangerously, according to the press release. The deputy pulled up alongside the Infiniti, guiding the car into a guardrail. The Infiniti had a head-on crash.

The deputy found the driver in the car, with a bottle of Corona beer topped with a lime inside the driver side door, the CCSO press release states. Amayafuentes had a strong stench of alcohol on his breath and inside the Infiniti. Moments after stepping out of the Infiniti, the deputy had to pull up Amayafuentes’ pants because his buttocks was sticking out.

Amayafuentes refused to do field sobriety exercises, along with a breath test. He was transported to Naples Jail Center.

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