FORT MYERS, FL – A Fort Myers man short on Father-of-the-Year street cred was taken into custody after a neighbor saw him speeding around town on an ATV-with a toddler in his lap.
The wanna-be daredevil, 24-year-old Brian Wilson, was videotaped while driving the ATV by a neighbor. A deputy called to the scene also witnessed Wilson recklessly tooling around. After the deputy made contact with him, Wilson led police on a fairly high-speed chase for a man fleeing on an ATV.
Officials from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office say Wilson was going as fast as 40 mph on Staley Road in Fort Myers when he was spotted. Wilson’s daughter, who authorities believe is around three years old, was sitting in front of Wilson, without any head gear. Florida law states it is illegal to operate an ATV on a paved road and for a child under 16 to ride an ATV without a helmet.
The concerned neighbor, James Williams, took the video and posted it to YouTube because he feared for the child’s safety. Seems his concerns were well-founded, given what Wilson did next. Deputies arrived and took it all in for themselves in real time. When they stopped him, Wilson took off, sparking the chase, during which the ATV hit speeds of at least 50 mph.
The police report states that Wilson narrowly avoided hitting a number of cars, as well as people, in his attempt to avoid being arrested. He abandoned the ATV in a field and fled on foot, but was later found hiding in the attic of a nearby home which belongs to his uncle.
Wilson has been charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license and failure to register a motor vehicle. Not surprisingly, he also had three active warrants for his arrest.
Wilson is the brother of Matthew Blaine Wilson, 23, who was injured in a deputy-involved shooting on Interstate 75 earlier this month. Guess this sort of thing runs in the family.Tags: ATV, Brian Wilson, Child Endangerment, Crime, Florida