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Cape Coral, Florida’s Julia Eden Franklin bites deputy’s ring finger

Julia Eden Franklin, 23, of Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida, United States slammed on her brakes while passing a Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s patrol car around midnight on November 3, 2022. She was driving 71 mph in a 50 mph zone on Immokalee Road near Twin Eagles Boulevard in Naples, Collier County, Florida.

CCSO deputies performed a traffic stop and found out that Franklin’s driver’s license was suspended. She also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for a writ of bodily attachment for contempt.

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When the deputies ordered Franklin out of her car, she resisted and tried to escape. During the struggle, she bit a female deputy’s ring finger, which broke the deputy’s skin and caused the finger to bleed.

Franklin is not licensed to carry a firearm but a firearm was found inside her purse that was within her reach in her car. She was arrested and booked into the Collier County Jail in Naples.

The Cape Coral resident was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed firearm. Both charges are a felony.

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Cape Coral was founded in 1957 and incorporated in 1970. Both retired mixed martial artist Seth Petruzelli, 42, and Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight fighter Niko Price, 33, were born in the city.

John Gunter, 59, is the incumbent mayor of Cape Coral. On September 28, 2022, the city suffered major damage when Hurricane Ian made landfall nearby.

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