A deputy’s marked patrol car was struck by two vehicles after slowing for animals on the road on Interstate 75 near Tuckers Grade, south of Punta Gorda.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Nelson, 35, slowed and turned on his emergency lights due to the animals on the roadway around 9:56 p.m., according to a press release. The vehicle behind him, a 2015 Buick driven by Ryan Mcrae Steagall, of Hamlet, North Carolina, failed to stop and struck the back of Nelson’s patrol car, the FHP reported.

The collision caused the patrol car to rotate counterclockwise before it was struck a second time by a 2005 Chevy driven by Alexandra Christine Hazey, 19, of Tamarac, Florida, the press release stated. Nelson and Steagall both suffered minor injuries and were transported to Bayfront Punta Gorda Hospital.

Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Tom Bell, 57, homeless of Port Charlotte. Charges: possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $10,000.

Ronald Leon Wakeley, 47, 2400 block of Collingswood Blvd., Port Charlotte. Charge: fugitive from justice. Bond: none.

Travis Edward Buck, 22, 6100 block of Talbot St., North Port. Charges: petty theft first-degree property $100 to under $300, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked, use/possess ID of another person without consent, possession of drug paraphernalia, and false ID given to law enforcement officer. Bond: $11,000.

Robert Fredrick Tranaukskas, 56, of North Fort Myers. Charge: fugitive from justice. Bond: none.

Felipe Andres Ramon-Xolo, 24, of North Fort Myers. Charge: knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond: $1,000.

Joni Lynn Eorio, 29, 100 block of Abalone Road, Venice. Charge: loitering or prowling. Bond: none (released on own recognizance).

Daniel John Wilson, 36, 1200 block of Barbara Drive, Venice. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none.

Ryan Douglas Bland, 29, of Sarasota. Charges: failure of defendant on bail to appear on misdemeanor and underlying charge. Bond: none.

John Thomas Betz, 31, 1600 block of Sharpe St., Port Charlotte. Charge: loitering or prowling. Bond: none (released on own recognizance).

Matthew Andrew Kunstman, 27, 22200 block of Breezeswept Ave., Port Charlotte. Charges: possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $6,500.

Laura Alison Bernice Murray, 36, 21000 block of Glendale Ave., Port Charlotte. Charges: selling synthetic narcotics schedule I or II and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $5,000.

Eric Matthew Dougherty, 40, 1100 block of East Corktree Circle, Port Charlotte. Charges: failure of defendant on bail to appear on misdemeanor. Bond: $6,000.

Michael Charles Dey, 31, 3800 block of Zambrana Ave., North Port. Charges: failure to appear and underlying charge. Bond: none.

Nicholas Kelly McGraw, 39, of Arcadia. Charge: nonsupport of dependents. Bond: $570.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Melissa Blais, 34, 2400 block of Newberry St., Port Charlotte. Charges: three counts of probation violation (original charges: petty theft third or subsequent offense and two counts of grand theft for more than $300 but less than $5,000). Bond: none.

Luis Galan, 25, 4300 block of Dutilly Road, North Port. Charges: unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, fraud for false information given to a pawn shop owner, dealing in stolen property and violation of probation for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and first offense DUI. Bond: $31,500.

Luis Garcia-Gonzalez, 24, 3400 block of Rockman St., North Port. Charges: obscene communication for child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. Bond: $1,500.

Madeline Redmon, 49, 600 block of W. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis. Charge: domestic aggravated battery on a person 65 years and older. Bond: none.

Robert St. Croix, 34, 100 block of Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. Charge: contempt of court for failure to appear (original charge: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription). Bond: $15,000.

Christopher Tolle, 30, of Ohio. Charge: out-of-state fugitive hold from Adams County, Ohio. Bond: none.

The North Port Police Department reported the following arrests:

Caleb Alvarado, 18, 3400 block of Nekoosa Street, North Port. Charges: hold for Charlotte and Polk counties for failure to appear (original charge: driving with a suspended license first offense), larceny and resisting arrest without violence. Bond: $2,000.

Hector Baldovinos, 35, 1400 block of Kirkwood St., North Port. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession or use of narcotics equipment, driving with a suspended license. Bond: $1,120.

Michael Coley, 34, of Fort Lauderdale. Charge: hit and run resulting in property damage. Bond: $120.

Danny Davis, 53, 4200 block of Wesley Lane, North Port. Charge: battery resulting in bodily harm. Bond: $500.

Adam Saleman, 37, 300 block of Eppinger Drive, Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation (original charge: two counts of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and driving with a suspended license). Bond: none.

Crystal Shrock, 33, 1200 block of Gantry Road, North Port. Charges: two counts of possession a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $2,000.

Thomas Tucker, 34, 3800 block of Lorton Ave., North Port. Charge: weapon offense shooting a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft. Bond: $7,500.

The Venice Police Department reported the following arrests:

Sheila Casertano, 43, 500 block of Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Charges: larceny and resisting arrest without violence. Bond: $2,000.

Christopher Francois, 24, 500 block of Skylark Lane, Port Charlotte. Charges: resisting officer after refusing to stop fleeing from scene resulting in injury or death, driving with a suspended license second or subsequent offense, grand theft over $1,000, resisting arrest without violence and smuggling contraband into a detention facility. Bond: $30,000.

Randy Knight, 21, of Ohio. Charge: out-of-state fugitive arrest for Adams County, Ohio. Bond: none.

Diana Morello, 33, 300 block of Gulf Drive, Venice. Charge: contempt of court for failure to appear (original charge: possession of narcotics equipment). Bond: $5,000.

Dustin Sowards, 30, of Ohio. Charge: out-of-state fugitive arrest for Adams County Ohio. Bond: none.

Anthony Torres, 32, 12200 block of Majorca Place, North Port. Charge: contempt of court for failure to appear (original charge: no driver’s license). Bond: $2,000.

Chasen Young, 18, of Ohio. Charge: out-of-state fugitive hold for Adams County, Ohio. Bond: none.

— Compiled by Anne Easker and Alexandra Herrera

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