Fort Myers man arrested in Hendry County for DUI, wrong-way crash

Writer: Melissa Montoya
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Florida Highway Patrol vehicle. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol

A 39-year-old Fort Myers man was arrested after attempting to drive away after a wrong-way crash in Hendy County.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Manuel Garcia Montalvo was driving east on westbound Helms Road, west of State Road 29, causing a second vehicle to turn in order to avoid hitting his pickup.

The vehicle, a van driven by a 19-year-old Fort Myers woman, overturned and landed on its roof. A 37-year-old male passenger suffered minor injuries. Four others, between the ages of 18 and 40, were not injured.

Garcia Montalvo fled the scene and attempted to make a U-turn near A-Road but got stuck in the east grass shoulder of State Road 29.

He was arrested for leaving the scene, DUI and infractions for no registration, no insurance and driving the wrong way, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Garcia Montalvo was booked into Hendry County Jail, troopers said.

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