Stolen semi crashes after fleeing Collier County deputies on I-75

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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(Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

One person is under arrest, and another is on the run after a stolen semi-truck crashed while running from Collier County deputies on Thursday.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says they attempted to stop the truck for not having taillights just after 6:00 a.m. on Oilwell Road at Pacific Grade Road in Collier County.

Deputies say the driver refused to stop and fled down SR-29 and onto I-75 northbound. According to deputies, the truck crashed into a guardrail at mile marker 96.

According to Collier deputies, the driver of the truck was traveling east on Oil Well Road when a deputy attempted to stop them. After the deputy turned on emergency lights and sirens, the driver continued eventually turning down SR-29 south.

At one point, the driver was headed the wrong way but eventually served ack into the southbound lane.

After the crash, Lazaro Izquierdo Crespo, 38, from Hialeah, was taken into custody by deputies. Deputies say the other person in the truck fled into the Picayune Strand State Forest. Izquierdo was taken to Naples Jail Center.

Collier County deputies are still searching for that person, and this investigation remains active.

Crespo is facing charges of grand theft auto, high-speed reckless fleeing & eluding and fleeing and eluding with property damage.

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