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Cape Coral Police Department Conducting Fifth DUI Operation Saturday Night

(July 31, 2015)-  The Cape Coral Police Department will conduct its fifth High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operation, as part of its Impaired Driving Project, tomorrow night.

The goal of the Impaired Driving project is to conduct special HVE operations focused on impaired driving in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities attributable to impaired driving.

The fourth operation, conducted July 24, 2015, resulted in four arrests, three of which were for DUI.

This operation will be a two-pronged event consisting of a DUI checkpoint conducted in the southern half of Cape Coral in conjunction with a simultaneous traffic saturation patrol that will focus on impaired drivers citywide, and will be the largest operation thus far.

The operation will be tomorrow night, Saturday, August 1, 2015, with the saturation patrol running from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM.  The DUI checkpoint will be begin at 11:00 PM and run until 3:00 AM.

Original news release about the FDOT Grant: Cape Coral Police Department Awarded Grant; Begins DUI Enforcement Operations

PHOTO:  The view of a traffic stop from outside of a police car.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  The view of a traffic stop from outside of a police car.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Results of Fourth High Visibility Enforcement Operation

(July 25, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police made four arrests Friday night during its fourth impaired driving enforcement operation since being awarded a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

The grant was awarded to the Cape Coral Police Department to reduce traffic crashes, serious bodily injuries, and fatality crashes that are attributable to impaired driving.  The grant provides $45,000 to offset the cost these High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operations.

From 2012—2014 the City saw a 14% increase in traffic crashes. More alarming, is the number of alcohol related deaths and serious bodily injuries that occur each year. On average from 2012 to 2014, in 40% of the traffic homicide investigations (THI) and serious bodily injuries (SBI), alcohol was a factor. The total number of THIs and SBIs doubled from 2012 to 2014.

In 2014 Cape Coral saw the highest number of DUI arrests (203) occur between the hours of 12:00 am and 4:00 am. Of the 445 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests that occurred throughout all three districts in Cape Coral, (North, Central, and South), 210 or 53% occurred in the South District.

Operations will continue through September 30, 2015.

Link to original news release: Cape Coral Police Department Awarded Grant; Begins DUI Enforcement Operations

The results of the operation are below:

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ARRESTED:
Mark Manning, W/M, DOB: 07-16-1970, of 3504 Santa Barbara Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Possession of Cannabis Under 20 Grams
CR#: 15-011898
Location: 900 SE 47th Ter.

 

ARRESTED: Margaret Mullin Fields, W/F, DOB: 01-18-81, of 1504 NE 43rd Ter., Cape Coral, FL. CHARGES: DUI/DWLSR:  CR#: 15-011904 LOCATION: 533 Cape Coral Pkwy. E.

ARRESTED: Margaret Mullin Fields, W/F, DOB: 01-18-81, of 1504 NE 43rd Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DUI/DWLSR: 
CR#: 15-011904
LOCATION: 533 Cape Coral Pkwy. E.

ARRESTED: Margaret Mullin Fields, W/F, DOB: 01-18-81, of 1504 NE 43rd Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DUI/DWLSR: 
CR#: 15-011904
LOCATION: 533 Cape Coral Pkwy. E.

 

ARRESTED: Lee Ann King, W/F, DOB: 02-23-1978, of 1727 NW 19th Ter., Cape Coral, FL. CHARGES: DUI:  CR#: 15-011906 LOCATION: 1500 SE 32nd Ter

ARRESTED: Lee Ann King, W/F, DOB: 02-23-1978, of 1727 NW 19th Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DUI: 
CR#: 15-011906
LOCATION: 1500 SE 32nd Ter

ARRESTED: Lee Ann King, W/F, DOB: 02-23-1978, of 1727 NW 19th Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DUI: 
CR#: 15-011906
LOCATION: 1500 SE 32nd Ter.

 

ARRESTED: Stephen Luta, W/M, DOB: 7-06-53, of 4314 SW 15th Ave., Cape Coral, FL. CHARGES: DUI CR#: 15-011913 LOCATION: 4700 Pelican Blvd

ARRESTED: Stephen Luta, W/M, DOB: 7-06-53, of 4314 SW 15th Ave., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DUI
CR#: 15-011913
LOCATION: 4700 Pelican Blvd

 ARRESTED: Stephen Luta, W/M, DOB: 7-06-53, of 4314 SW 15th Ave., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DUI
CR#: 15-011913
LOCATION: 4700 Pelican Blvd.

 

 Total Traffic Stops: 27
Warnings: 8
Speed Citations: 2
Seatbelt Citations: 0
Moving Citations: 5
Non-moving Citations: 2
Open Container Driver: 0
Open Container Passenger: 0
.02 Violation: 0
Criminal Citations: 4
Citations Total: 13
DUI Arrests: 3
Motorcycle DUI Arrests: 0
Other Arrests: 1
Total Arrests: 4

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Cape Coral Police Department Conducting Fourth DUI Enforcement Operation Tonight

(July 24, 2015)- The Cape Coral Police Department will conduct its fourth High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operation, as part of its Impaired Driving Project, tonight.

The goal of the Impaired Driving project is to conduct special HVE operations focused on impaired driving in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities attributable to impaired driving.

The third operation, conducted July 18, 2015, resulted in seven arrests, all of which were for DUI.

This operation will be conducted citywide tonight, July 24, 2015, from 9:00 PM, to 5:00 AM.

Original news release about the FDOT Grant: Cape Coral Police Department Awarded Grant; Begins DUI Enforcement Operations

PHOTO:  The view of a traffic stop from outside of a police car.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  The view of a traffic stop from outside of a police car.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Cape Coral Police Arrest Prowler in SW Cape; Additional Charges Pending

(July 23, 2015)-  Yesterday morning around 4:00 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to the 900 block of SW 54 Ln. on a vehicle burglary in progress.  The caller heard their car alarm go off and when they went outside to check, they saw a subject fleeing on foot from their residence.

Cape Coral Police Patrol Officers set up a perimeter and called for aviation to assist.  Officers located a subject, known to Officers as Falcon Ray Faustini, hiding under a vehicle in the area.  The suspect took flight after being given commands to stop, but was located a short time later hiding in a canal.  Faustini was removed from the canal and taken into custody.

It was confirmed that Faustini is on felony probation and was in violation of a court imposed curfew as a condition of his probation.  Cape Coral Police Department property Detectives responded to assist in the burglary investigation.  Officers located additional items that they believe to be related to additional burglaries in area.  These items were submitted as evidence at the Cape Coral Police Department Evidence Room.  Follow up investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending. 

ARRESTED: Falcon Ray Faustini, W/M, DOB; 01-28-1989, of 2100 Mango Ave., Sarasota, FL. CHARGES: Loitering and Prowling, Resisting an Officer Without Violence CR#: 15-011737

ARRESTED: Falcon Ray Faustini, W/M, DOB; 01-28-1989, of 2100 Mango Ave., Sarasota, FL.
CHARGES: Loitering and Prowling, Resisting an Officer Without Violence
CR#: 15-011737

ARRESTED: Falcon Ray Faustini, W/M, DOB; 01-28-1989, of 2100 Mango Ave., Sarasota, FL.
CHARGES: Loitering and Prowling, Resisting an Officer Without Violence
CR#: 15-011737

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Pool Hall Crash Injures Two, Kills a Third

(July 21, 2015)- A late-afternoon crash involving a truck vs. a local pool hall yesterday has injured two people and killed one.

Yesterday around 5:00 PM, Cape Coral Police Department, Cape Coral Fire Department , and EMS responded to a single-vehicle crash at Diamond Billiards located at 1242 SW Pine Island Rd.

Responders found that a large Ford F-250 Pickup truck had crashed into the business.  The crash injured two people (Tracy Marie Booker, 52 and Linda Girard, 58) and pinned a third against the bar inside the business (Ronald P. Gravel, 60).  All three were treated on scene by Cape Coral Fire Department and EMS and were transported to local hospitals.  Gravel later died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the vehicle is identified as William Henry Gulliver, 75, of St. James City, FL.  Gulliver was transported to a local hospital for observation.

Cape Coral Police Department Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, Victim Advocate, and Public Affairs responded to the scene to assist.

This crash is alcohol-related.  The investigation is ongoing at this time and criminal charges are pending.  

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: July 20, 2015
TIME: 4:56 pm
LOCATION: Diamond Billiards, 1242 SW Pine Island Road
CR: 15-011656
MCI ASSIGNED: M/Cpl. Andrew Satterlee

VEHICLE 1: 2000 black Ford F-250 truck.
DRIVER 1: William Henry Gulliver, W/M, 75, of St. James City, FL.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Gulliver suffered no injuries in the traffic crash.

PEDESTRIAN 1: Ronald P. Gravel, W/M, 60, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 1 INJURIES: Gravel died due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash.

PEDESTRIAN 2: Tracy Marie Booker, W/F, 52, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 2 INJURIES: Booker suffered severe injuries.

PEDESTRIAN 3: Linda Girard, W/F, 58, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 3 INJURIES: Girard suffered minor injuries.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was parked in the parking lot of Diamond Billiards, 1242 SW Pine Island Road, facing the building.  The driver entered the vehicle and after several minutes, drove forward at a high rate of speed.  Vehicle 1 drove through the front windows of the business, through the interior, and caused the front of the vehicle to strike the main bar area head-on.  At the time of the traffic crash, three patrons were seated at the bar directly in the vehicles path.  Vehicle 1 struck all three, with two being trapped between the bar and vehicle.

Pedestrian 1 and Pedestrian 2 were trauma alerted to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  Pedestrian 1 died at the hospital from injuries.  Pedestrian 2 is listed in stable but serious condition.  Pedestrian 3 and the driver of Vehicle 1 were transported to another local hospital.  Pedestrian 3 suffered minor injuries.  The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered no injuries.

Due to injuries,  M/Cpl. Satterlee, Forensics personnel, and a Victim Advocate responded.  This traffic crash IS alcohol related.  The next of kin HAS BEEN notified.  This case is pending further criminal investigation.

***There are 10 traffic fatalities and 29 MCI usages in our city in 2015. (There are 1 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. These 1 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown of the past 5 years FYI:

  • 2015: 10 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (29 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
  • 2014: 10 Traffic fatalities, 5 DUI related (40 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled death)
  • 2013: 19 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)
  • 2012: 10 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (21 MCI usages)
  • 2011: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (24 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled deaths)
  • 2010: 9 Traffic fatalities, 3 DUI related (22 MCI usages)
PHOTO:  A Cape Coral Police Department patrol car stands guard outside the crime scene.  Investigators spent almost 5 hours at the scene processing it for evidence.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  A Cape Coral Police Department patrol car stands guard outside the crime scene.  Investigators spent almost 5 hours at the scene processing it for evidence.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341