Lieutenant Walsh conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was unable to stay in a single lane. Officer Lugg arrived to assist. After initially complaining of health issues, the driver was cleared by EMS. Seated field sobriety tasks were performed by the driver which led the Officers to believe that the driver was probably impaired. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence. During an inventory of the vehicle, Officer Lugg found open containers of beer and vodka. The subject was taken to the Naples Jail where a breath alcohol test resulted in a 0.386 and 0.378 g/210L breathe alcohol concentration, nearly 5 times the legal limit. The driver was booked into the Naples Jail.
Officers Despian, Johnson and White responded to a boating accident at a fuel dock in Marco Island. Upon arrival, it was determined that a 38 foot vessel had damaged a fuel dock. When Officer Johnson approached the vessel to talk to the operator, she had trouble waking him. The operator began showing signs of impairment and exhibited the odor of an alcoholic substance. After a lengthy interview regarding the accident, the operator’s passenger told the Officers that the operator had been drinking all day. The operator completed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus task, but then refused to complete all other tasks. The operator was arrested for boating under the influence.
Officer Barringer, Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the park staff at Delnor-Wiggin’s Pass State Park responded to a missing four year old child on the beach inside the state park. After contacting the mother of the child, the Officers found the child one half mile from the last know location. The little girl was unharmed and in good condition. She was reunited with her mother.
Officer James Futch was on land patrol in the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area when a vehicle approached him and stopped. While Officer Futch was speaking with the subjects about what they were doing in the WMA, he detected a strong smell of burnt cannabis coming from the vehicle. The subjects admitted to smoking marijuana and gave Officer Futch their remaining marijuana and a pipe, which field tested positive for marijuana. The subjects were issued Notice to Appears for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Lieutenant Williams and Officers Futch, Polly, Reams, Tolbert and White participated in a Panther Zone enforcement detail to provide resource protection by enforcing the posted speed limits within the designated zones. The Officers issued 2 Resource Citations, 9 Warnings and 56 Uniform Traffic Citations.
Officer Barringer organized and conducted extra law enforcement patrol details in Delnor-Wiggin’s Pass State Park throughout the Memorial holiday weekend. FWC Officers, Collier County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and CCSO Volunteer Service Aids attended this three day “extra patrol” inside the park. Officers wrote citations for unlawful speed, consumption of alcohol and evasion of park fees.