Man arrested after fleeing police in his truck and on foot

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A two-county chase ended in Port Charlotte Tuesday after a man fled from deputies who were serving an arrest warrant.

34-year-old Robert Gibson of Venice has been charged with two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Failure to Stop as Ordered by a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting an Officer without Violence.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, deputies from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office were attempting to serve an arrest warrant to Gibson for Dealing in Stolen Property in the North Port area around noon Tuesday.

Gibson reportedly fled the scene in his truck, leading deputies into Charlotte County.

During the pursuit, Gibson struck a Centurylink telephone box at the corner of Atwater Street and Hillsborough Boulevard and left the scene without stopping. When he was approaching the corner of Tappan Zee Drive and Veronica Street, Gibson again lost control of his truck, went through the ditch and struck a tree.

Gibson got out of the truck and fled on foot.  Deputies set up a perimeter to contain Gibson while Charlotte County K9 deputies were being called. That's when a neighbor pointed out the area of Peppertree Estates off Quesada Avenue where he had seen Gibson jump the gate.

Charlotte County deputies located Gibson in a pond in development and took him into custody.

He was initially taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Then he was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he was being held on a $4,500 bond.