Report: Drunk Winter Park man tried to elude police |

Report: Drunk Winter Park man tried to elude police

A Winter Park man was arrested after he allegedly got into an argument over a dog and drove away from the scene of an altercation while police were investigating the incident.

On July 19, Fraser Winter Park Police saw two cars parked at Winter Park Town Hall lot around 1 a.m., and a man and a woman could be heard yelling, according to the arrest affidavit.

When police approached the area, it appeared that the woman and man, identified as Franklin Rabe, 28, were in an argument over a dog. The affidavit says Rabe had watery eyes and smelled of alcohol.

While police were speaking to the woman, Rabe allegedly got into his car and left the scene despite being told by officers that he wasn’t allowed to leave. Police reportedly followed him about 400 yards with their emergency lights and sirens on before arresting Rabe. 

According to the affidavit, Rabe told officers he had gone to get his dog from the woman’s house. The affidavit says he told police he saw the woman parked in the town hall lot when he was heading home and stopped to talk.

Rabe was charged with second degree burglary, vehicular eluding, criminal trespass, driving under the influence, obstructing a peace officer, harassment and theft. He’s scheduled to be in court on Aug. 26.

Editor’s note: This report has been updated from its original to remove references to ownership of the dog, where Rabe was arrested and for clarity.

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