(May 9, 2018) - The Cape Coral Police Department made eight DUI arrests between April 30-May 7, 2018. Below is the information on these arrests:

ARRESTED: Brian Edward Ruddy, W/M, DOB: 10-31-74, of 104 4th Street, Fort Myers FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence, Refusal to Submit to DUI Test After Prior Suspension for Refusal

A CCPD Patrol officer stopped Ruddy for running a stop sign at the 2900 block of Country Club Boulevard. Contact resulted in a DUI investigation and Ruddy's arrest. Ruddy refused both standardized field sobriety exercises and a Breathalyzer test. He was transported to the Lee County Jail. BAC%: Refused.

 

ARRESTED: Colleen Marie Mulder, W/F, DOB: 9-27-80, of 3331 SE 15th Place, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence with BAC% Over .15%, DUI Serious Bodily Injury (2 counts), DUI Property Damage (2 counts)

Mulder was involved in a serious crash at the 3000 block of Del Prado Boulevard South that critically injured 2 pedestrians. The prior CCPD news release can be found here.

 

ARRESTED: Richard Allen VanPelt, W/M, DOB: 12-6-74, of 2137 W. Gardenia Circle, North Fort Myers, FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence, DUI Property Damage (4 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Officers responded to a traffic crash at the 700 block of NE 10th Place. A DUI investigation resulted in VanPelt's arrest. He was also found with a pipe with marijuana residue in his pocket, and was transported to the Lee County Jail. BAC%: 0.126 / 0.127

 

ARRESTED: Tyler Duane Mortimer, W/M, DOB: 10-6-91, of 1720 NE Juanita Place, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence With BAC% Over .15%, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief Under $200

Mortimer was caught "drifting" in the roadway in the 4700 block of SE 10th Place (Club Square).  When he was stopped, he showed signs of impairment. During transport to the Lee County Jail, Mortimer urinated in the back of the patrol vehicle. BAC%: .159 / .160

 

ARRESTED: Daniel Salazar, W/M, DOB: 3-7-91, of 3305 SW 15th Avenue, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence With BAC% Over .15%

A CCPD traffic officer stopped Salazar at the 300 block of Cape Coral Parkway East for speeding (55mph in a 35mph zone). Contact with Salazar resulted in a DUI investigation and his arrest. BAC%: .177 / .174

 

ARRESTED: Christopher Lee Gonzalez, W/M, DOB: 3-24-84, of 3903 Del Prado Blvd. South, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence, DUI Property Damage, Hit and Run, Possession of Controlled Substance Without Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating Vehicle Without Valid License

Officers responded to a hit and run crash and contacted Gonzalez who had been stopped by LCSO at the 2300 block of Veterans Memorial Parkway East after being flagged down by witnesses of the crash. Contact with Gonzalez resulted in a DUI investigation and his arrest.  Gonzalez was found in possession of clonazepam and a marijuana pipe. Gonzalez participated in field sobriety exercises, a Breathalyzer and a drug recognition (DRE) evaluation, and was suspected of being under the influence of an opioid (results pending). Gonzalez was transported to the Lee County Jail.

 

ARRESTED: Joshua James Fitzgerald, W/M, DOB: 12-22-75, of 1763 Four Mile Cove Parkway #626, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence, Possession of Controlled Substance Without Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

A caller advised that a driver had had a heart attack at the 1600 block of Veterans Memorial Parkway East and that they were beginning CPR. It was later determined that the driver had an overdose while stopped at the traffic light at Veterans and Del Prado Boulevard. LCEMS administered Narcan, which was effective. A syringe and small baggy containing heroin was also located. Fitzgerald provided a urine sample.

 

ARRESTED: Garret Daniel Mischel, W/M, DOB: 4-2-81, of 932 NW 16th Terrace, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence With BAC% Over .15%

Officers responded to Mischel's home regarding a disturbance in which Mischel was highly intoxicated. After officers completed their call, one officer drove a short distance away to complete the paperwork. A short time later, Mischel drove past the officer while not utilizing any lights on his vehicle. Mischel was stopped for not having his lights on, showed signs of impairment and performed poorly on field sobriety exercises. He was arrested and transported to the Lee County Jail. BAC%: 0.222 / 0.215

 

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