Edgewater, FL - A convicted felon wanted on open federal warrants is in the Volusia County Jail today after being pulled from the water yesterday by the U.S. Coast Guard. A Daytona Beach Police officer who is also a member of the U.S. Marshals Task Force spotted and positively identified Edward Sotelo driving on I-95 in Port Orange.
When Sotelo noticed he was being followed by law enforcement, he began to flee, ramming the Daytona detective’s vehicle and a deputy’s vehicle in the process, speeding away and ending up in a mobile home park on S. Ridgewood Ave. in Edgewater. He and a female passenger, Melissa Anderson, got out of the car and Sotelo jumped into the Intracoastal waterway, which is where the USCG caught him.
Sotelo was arrested on his warrants and also charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude with property damage, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, driving with a suspended license, and resisting an officer without violence.
A search of Anderson revealed 0.5 grams of heroin in her bra and a syringe in her purse, and she was additionally charged with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, and resisting an officer without violence.