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Neighbors react to bizarre police chase that sent a pickup into a canal


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Neighbors react to bizarre police chase that sent a pickup into a canal

By Julian Glover. CREATED May 27, 2013

 LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County deputies had quite the chase Sunday night after a battery incident near the Sanibel Causeway toll area. 

The Sheriff's Office says Justin Gordon Lupski, 19, sped away in his car, hit a deputy's patrol vehicle and eventually crashed into a canal at the end of Anchorage Way.  

Neighbors told Fox 4 that they were surprised to see a crime scene in their quiet Fort Myers neighborhood. 

"We've lived here for 14 years and we've never had that type of excitement," said Lyle Bosaker, who lives next to the crime scene. 

Bosaker told us he heard a loud noise as Lupski's pickup truck plunged into the canal behind his house. 

"I called for my wife to come out of the kitchen. She was making dinner. So we watched and went out and chatted with the officers." 

Bosaker said he was in disbelief of what happened. He said he stayed up until just after midnight to see Lee County Sheriff's remove the pickup truck from the canal. 

FOX 4's Julian Glover was on the scene earlier and ran into a man looking to purchase the house right next to the open lot where the police chase ended Sunday night.

"It looks like the guy was going real fast then realized what was happening. Then slammed the breaks, dug into the ground here, but still went off. That is pretty scary," said the man looking to purchase the property. 

Now he's questioning the safety of the neighborhood. 

"It seems like a great location, but that's a serious consideration, that something like this could happen here." 

Earlier today Justin Lupski was released from the hospital and is now in jail. He faces several felonies, including evading arrest and aggravated assault with a vehicle.