57. Multimedia: Federally wanted man tries to evade cops by jumping into Intracoastal Waterway in Edgewater; transported to prison soaked

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Photos for Headline Surfer/Jail mugshots of Edward A. Sotelo, 51, and Melissa Anderson, both arrested on outstanding warrants October 4, 2021. Below is VCSO body camera video of Sotello’s failed attempt to swim to freedom.

BY HENRY FREDERICK / Headline Surfer

EDGEWATER, Fla. — A 51-year-old man wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on a federal arrest warrant was arrested in October in the Intracoastal Waterway, he fled Daytona Beach deputies through areas of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater, rammed two law enforcement vehicles, then abandoned his wrecked car and jumped into the river in a futile attempt to swim away.

Sotello had a passenger with him, who also had outstanding warrants for minor offenses, but she did not resist arrest once he abandoned the car he was driving and jumped into the river.

Edward A. Sotelo, swam for 15 to 20 minutes until it became abundantly clear that he was not going to escape the long arm of the law in the river. He eventually surrendered and boarded a US Coast Guard boat. Responding units also received help from a local boater who took them to Sotelo as it floated, reluctant to get out of the water for the embarrassing journey to the jail.

Edward A. Sotelo, swam for 15 to 20 minutes until it became abundantly clear that he was not going to escape the long arm of the law in the river. He eventually surrendered and boarded a US Coast Guard boat. Responding units also received help from a local boater who took them to Sotelo as it floated, reluctant to get out of the water for the embarrassing journey to the jail.

The incident began shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, when a Daytona Beach cop assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force advised he was driving behind Sotelo, who had an active federal warrant for a probation violation on a prior armed robbery charge. Sotelo also had open warrants out of neighboring Orange County for fleeing or attempting to evade law enforcement, grand larceny and retail theft, and was identified as a suspect in a series of retail robberies across Florida.

When Sotelo noticed he was being followed by law enforcement, he began to accelerate, then he crashed into the Daytona Police detective’s vehicle and a deputy’s vehicle in the process, according to an affidavit. of arrest from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, and fled before and at the end. in a mobile home park at 2351 S. Ridgewood Ave. at Edgewater. That’s where he ran away and jumped into the river.

A female passenger remained with the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident as she had two active warrants out of Brevard County involving possession of a controlled substance and DUI.

Sotelo was arrested on his warrants and also charged with aggravated flight or attempted escape with property damage, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer the order, driving with a suspended license and resisting an officer without violence.

A search of the passenger, Melissa Anderson, 32, revealed 0.5 grams of heroin in her bra and a syringe in her purse. She was also charged with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and resisting an officer without violence.

For his troubles, Sotelo had to sit in the back of a patrol car handcuffed, completely drenched and looking pretty silly.

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