Scheduled Impaired Driving Operation

Scheduled Impaired Driving Operation

Cape Coral Police will be out in force this weekend to detect and apprehend impaired drivers.

The traffic operation is titled “Operation 4/20” after April 20 which is the day widely known for cannabis users and enthusiasts as a day to celebrate by using the substance. Cannabis is legalized either medicinally or for recreational purposes in many states, BUT, it is still against the law in all 50 states to drive under the influence of cannabis.

In 2016, drug-impaired drivers caused 934 crashes, killing 440 people, including themselves, their passengers, and others on Florida roads.

But, officers are not going to be looking just for cannabis impaired drivers, they will be looking for impaired driving on any substance to include alcohol. It is imperative to understand that just because you may be prescribed a drug doesn’t mean it cannot cause impairment or you can’t get arrested for DUI. When taking any prescribed medication you should pay very close attention to the side effects to include the label on the bottle; “May Cause Drowsiness, alcohol may intensify this effect, use care before operating a vehicle or dangerous machinery.”

“Drive Baked, Get Busted”

“Drive High, Get a DUI”

“Don’t Drive On Grass”

Plan ahead by setting up your transportation. Use a sober designated driver, use alternate transportation like Uber, Lyft, taxis, public transportation, etc. DO NOT driver impaired.

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

DUI Arrests - April 9 through 16, 2019

DUI Arrests - April 9 through 16, 2019

Cape Coral Police DUI arrests - April 9 through 16, 2019.

ARRESTED: Charles Albert White, W/M, DOB: 09/23/1992,

1313 Barrett Road, North Fort Myers

CHARGES: DUI and Prior Refusal to Submit to Breath Test

Cape Coral Police stopped White for speeding. Upon contact, White exhibited indicators of impairment so a DUI investigation ensued. White performed poorly on the field evaluations and was arrested for DUI. BREATH: Refused.

ARRESTED: Jessie James Noble, W/M, DOB: 03/25/1993,

132 Gaslight Ave, North Fort Myers

CHARGES: DUI, Trafficking in Fentanyl, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, and 4-counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Cape Coral Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint. The vehicle was located and stopped after the Officer observed several traffic violations. Noble exhibited indicators of impairment so a DUI investigation ensued. Noble performed poorly of the field evaluations. BREATH: 0.000. A Drug Recognition Expert conducted a drug influence evaluation and determined Noble was under the influence of a controlled substance.

ARRESTED: Alex Dominic Diaz, W/M, DOB: 01/26/1999,

713 SE 21 Ave

CHARGES: DUI, Possession of Heroin, and Driving While License Suspended

Cape Coral Police stopped Diaz for not having working taillights on his vehicle. Diaz exhibited indicators of impairment so a DUI investigation ensued. Diaz performed poorly on the field evaluations and was arrested. A Drug Recognition Expert conducted a drug influence evaluation and determined Diaz was under the influence of a controlled substance.

ARRESTED: James George Randolph, W/M, DOB: 02/21/1971,

22 NE 20th Street

CHARGES: DUI

Cape Coral Police stopped Randolph for driving without lights. Upon contact, Randolph exhibited indicators of impairment so a DUI investigation ensued. Randolph performed poorly on the field evaluations and was arrested for DUI.  BREATH: Refused.

ARRESTED: Vernice Chavelle Scippio, B/M, DOB: 01/17/1971,

701 SW 31st Street

CHARGES: DUI

Cape Coral Police stopped Scippio for speeding. Upon contact Scippio exhibited indicators of impairment so a DUI investigation ensued.  Scippio performed poorly on the field evaluations and was arrested for DUI.  BREATH: Refused.

ARRESTED: Eric Steven Church, W/M, DOB: 10/08/1983,

4720 Leonard Blvd, Lehigh Acres

CHARGES: DUI With a BAC Over .15

Cape Coral Police stopped Church for speeding. Upon contact Church exhibited indicators of impairment so a DUI investigation ensued. Church performed poorly on field evaluations and was arrested for DUI.  BREATH: 0.209 / 0.198.

ARRESTED: Martin Paul Galvan, W/M, DOB: 05/24/1967,

1309 SW 10th Street

CHARGES: DUI With a BAC Over .15

Cape Coral Police stopped Galvan for speeding and he showed signs of impairment during contact. BREATH: 0.196 / 0.182.

 

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

Do The Right Thing April 2019

Do The Right Thing April 2019

The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for April 2019 will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2:00pm in City Council Chambers. This ceremony is open to the public and we encourage our community to come out and show their support to these outstanding young men and women who "did the right thing."

The  Guest Speaker for the ceremony is Patty Cummings; Creator of Astro-Durance.

Eleven Cape Coral students will be recognized:

Adam Loftis – 3rd Grade                                       Patriot Elementary

While at home, Adam’s father passed out and Adam was unable to wake him up. Adam was calm enough to care for his father and call 9-1-1.  He continued to try to wake him until Emergency Medical Services arrived.  Adam’s actions may have saved his father’s life.

 Luca Romano – K                                                    Oasis Elementary

Luca was swimming in the pool at a pool party when he noticed a toddler had fallen in the pool.  He alerted the adults that the child was under water and the child was saved. Luca’s quick actions prevented a tragedy from occurring.

 

Gabriella Morris – 6th Grade                               Challenger Middle

Gabriella was in class when she noticed a fellow student writing what appeared to be a suicide note.  Gabriella brought this to the attention of her teacher and guidance counselor.  The student was taken out of class and was able to receive the proper help that was needed.  Gabriella’s actions likely saved the life of a fellow student who was battling depression and was seeking to harm themselves.

  

Sangye Sherpa – 7th Grade                                  Trafalgar Middle

Sangye is part of a group of students who are trying to raise $12,000.00 to build a well for the people of Swazeeland.  Over spring break, Sangye took the initiative to attempt to raise more funds for the cause.  He set up a booth at a local Publix and educated the patrons of the poor water condition and the number of adults and children who are dying daily.  Through his efforts he raised more than $400.00 towards the project.  

 

Chloe Wright – 5th Grade                                     Cape Elementary

Elizabeth Barroso – 5th Grade

Maiya Reed – 5th Grade

Caleb Sund – 2nd Grade

Hayden Sund- 5th Grade

Noah Torres – 5th Grade

Ryan Fitzsimmons – 5th Grade

Chloe, Elizabeth Maiya Caleb, Hayden, Noah and Ryan designed and implemented a service project to help the community.  The students decided they wanted to help local animal shelters. They set up donation boxes in the school office, set up a donation drop off at a trunk or teat event and even held lemonade stands and were able to purchase two expensive kuranda pet bed as well as gift cards for the shelter animals and workers.  In addition to the monetary gifts and the pet beds, the students collected fabric donations and made over 100 fleece tie blankets for the animals to lie on and have in their cages.  The students were able to collect over 300 cans of dog food, many large bags of dry pet food, collars, leashes, harnesses and treats that filled over 20 boxes and required 3 cars for transport.  

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