Woman Arrested for Slew of Charges Stemming from DUI Wrecks

Woman Arrested for Slew of Charges Stemming from DUI Wrecks

(July 9, 2019) - Cape Coral Police arrested a woman on a slew of charges after she crashed her vehicle, fled the scene, crashed her vehicle again and fled officers on foot.

On July 8th, 2019 at approximately 7:15pm CCPD Patrol officers responded to a hit and run crash at the 600 block of Del Prado Boulevard South, in front of Cape Coral Hospital. Dispatch advised a white Chrysler SUV had rear-ended another vehicle at high speed, then fled southbound. The Chrysler then attempted to turn into the Del Prado Mall located at 1402 Del Prado Boulevard South. It failed to make this turn, losing control and crashing into the marquee sign at the parking lot entrance. Several witnesses saw Nhaima Rivera (W/F, DOB: 12-30-84) exit the vehicle and attempt to leave on foot. The initial officer arrived on scene, and Rivera immediately fled on foot upon seeing the officer. She ran into traffic and was almost struck, and refused orders to get on the ground. Rivera instead advanced on the officer while screaming obscenities, and the officer had to utilize his Taser to detain Rivera.

Rivera showed signs of impairment including slurred speech and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. She was asked to participate in standardized field sobriety exercises and refused, as well as refusing a breath test. A check of her driver’s license revealed 12 suspensions and a 60-month habitual driving offender status as of February of 2016. Rivera was placed under arrest on 2 counts of DUI, 7 counts of DUI property damage, 3 counts of hit and run property damage, 1 count of hit and run with bodily injury, 1 count of resisting an officer without violence, and 2 counts of driving on a suspended license (habitual). She was transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Nhaima Dolores Rivera, W/F, DOB: 12-30-84, of 1618 SW 25th Terrace, Cape Coral FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence (2 counts), Hit and Run Property Damage (3 Counts), Hit and Run With Bodily Injury, DUI Property Damage (7 counts), Resisting an Officer Without Violence, Driving While License Suspended-Habitual (2 counts)

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

U-Turns: Who Has The Right of Way?

U-Turns: Who Has The Right of Way?

(July 9, 2019) - For today’s “Traffic Tuesday” we are going to touch on U-Turns and who has the right-of-way in these situations. As not only a police officer in a marked and unmarked vehicle, but as a person driving with his family in the car, I have been frustrated at times with the lack of knowledge about the right-of-way dealing with u-turns. Let’s start with what the Florida state statute says:

316.1515 Limitations on turning around.—The driver of any vehicle shall not turn the vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any street unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic and unless such movement is not prohibited by posted traffic control signs. 

What does this mean?  No one can turn their car in a u-turn fashion interfering with traffic unless such movement is not prohibited by posted traffic control signs. If you are a driver on another roadway with a red light or a stop sign, you must yield to the person making the u-turn.  I have heard it at least a thousand times. “I stopped before making my right on red”.  That is true, but you have a traffic control device that you have to obey.  The person making the u-turn does not have a traffic control device and has the right of way.  This may be hard for some people to understand until they have to make a u-turn and expect the right of way. In the diagram below, the driver with the red arrow has the right of way if he has a green arrow or light. The driver with the green arrow has to make sure it is clear from all directions before they can make the right on red legally. This is usually the case. Sometimes there are traffic signs saying that the driver making the u-turn has to yield to a vehicle making a right turn.

Next week we’ll have “The Dreaded Four Way Stop Sign Issue” for you. Until then, drive safe!!!

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Traffic Crash Weekly Summary:

Monday, June 24th through Sunday, July 7th, 2019 (a two week span), there were 154 traffic crashes worked by the Cape Coral Police Department (down from 171 the previous two weeks).

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

About the Author:

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Master Sergeant Patrick O'Grady is a 24 year veteran of law enforcement, assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police. He serves as a Public Affairs Officer for the Cape Coral Police Department and oversees the Public Affairs Office and the Planning and Research Unit.

Master Sergeant O’Grady has previously served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, DUI Officer, Drug Recognition Expert and a Traffic Homicide Investigator. He has also served as a supervisor in the Patrol Bureau over district officers and the Field Training and Evaluation Program. Master Sergeant O’Grady has served in the Special Operations Bureau as a supervisor of the Nighttime Traffic Unit and Major Crash Investigators. He is an instructor for the Cape Coral Police Department on several different topic areas and holds several certifications. Master Sergeant O’Grady holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Hodges University.

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

Man's Lifesaving Actions Recognized by CCPD Officers

Man's Lifesaving Actions Recognized by CCPD Officers

(July 9, 2019) - A citizen’s quick, decisive actions when faced with another citizen in dire medical need was recognized by the Cape Coral Police Department for his heroic deed.

On July 4th, 2019 Jay Halbrehder had an unknown male walk up into his parent’s driveway. The male was bleeding profusely out of his right arm and ended up collapsing on to the driveway after becoming unconscious. Jay quickly grabbed some towels to stop the bleeding but realized it was not helping; he then took off his belt and used the belt as a makeshift tourniquet to reduce the bleeding until help arrived. Officer Patrick Dowdle spoke with the medics that responded, and they advised him that if Jay didn’t jump into action as quickly as he did and create the makeshift tourniquet that the male would have likely succumbed to his injuries. Officer Dowdle recommended Jay Halbrehder be issued the Citizen Commendable Action Coin for rendering potential lifesaving aid to a fellow citizen, and presented him with the award on July 5th.

Chief David Newlan introduced the ‘Citizen Commendable Action Coin’ wanting to recognize citizens that go above and beyond. The recipient is presented with the coin along with a card explaining the following:

Thank You For Your Commendable Action. On behalf of the Cape Coral Police Department, please accept this Challenge Coin in appreciation of your positive actions that make this community GREAT!

The Citizen Commendable Action Challenge Coin is given by an Officer of the Cape Coral Police Department to a civilian that performs an extraordinary act(s) or in the recognition of exemplary behavior.”

 The Cape Coral Police Department applauds Mr. Halbrehder for his heroic actions!

CCPD Officer Patrick Dowdle presents Mr. Jay Halbrehder with the “Citizen Commendable Action Coin” for his lifesaving efforts.

CCPD Officer Patrick Dowdle presents Mr. Jay Halbrehder with the “Citizen Commendable Action Coin” for his lifesaving efforts.

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