(February 21, 2016)- Last night, the Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Unit conducted its second High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) DUI Operation since being awarded a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the later part of 2015.
The operation was a 5-officer saturation patrol that was conducted city-wide. Officers were focused on identifying and taking impaired drivers off the road. Below are the results of this operation:
ARRESTED: Daniel Cowdin, W/M, DOB: 10-17-1978, of 5595 Treehaven Circle, Fort Myers, FL.
Cowdin was stopped for speeding. After the stop, Ofc. Mills saw signs of impairment and asked Cowdin to complete field sobriety exercises. Cowman refused Field Sobriety and a breath test. An open container was also found.
ARRESTED: Matthew Charles Francis Earles, W/M, DOB: 10-02-1992, of 508 SE 9th Pl., Cape Coral, FL.
Officer Gray stopped Earles after he was found weaving within his lane, failing to stay in his lane, and eventually driving on to the median curbing. After the stop, Officer Gray saw signs of impairment. Earles completed field sobriety exercises and was arrested. His BAC was 145. and .148.
ARRESTED: Robert Lafarge, W/M, DOB: 12-31-1958, of 16 W. Main St., Norfolk, NY.
Sgt. O’Grady stopped Labarge for failing to maintain a single lane. Labarge was found to be impaired and arrested for DUI. Breath test results revealed .157 and .149.
"There was a lot of taxi activity during this operation. Taxis were lined up in front of the bars on SE 47th Ter."- Sgt. patrick O'Grady, Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Unit.
Operations such as this will continue throughout 2016.
Total Traffic Stops: 28
Speed Citations: 14
Seatbelt Citations: 0
Moving Citations: 7
Non-moving Citations: 5
Open Container Driver: 1
Open Container Passenger: 0
.02 Violation: 0
Criminal Citations: 3
Citations Total: 30
DUI Arrests: 3
Motorcycle DUI Arrests: 0
Other Arrests: 0
Total Arrests: 3
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