Connecticut Woman Arrested for DUI, Issued Citations

A Connecticut woman was arrested Friday, Oct. 30, for driving under the influence.

Sherri Beatty, 56, made a right turn from Casa Ybel Road to travel east on Periwinkle Way at 10:18 p.m., when a Sanibel Police Officer on patrol observed her vehicle travel into the westbound lane and the vehicle’s rear taillights were off.

Beatty told the officer she was traveling from Timbers restaurant to “the condo.” A records check revealed Beatty was involved in a disturbance call approximately an hour earlier at Sundial Beach Resorts & Spa. A security officer at the resort reported she was “being belligerent over her lost purse.” Security then reported Beatty located her purse and had left the area.

She failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer test. She was transported to the Lee County Jail and charged with driving under the influence. She was released Saturday, Oct. 31 on a $750 bond. Beatty was also issued a citation for careless driving and vehicle without lights at night.

Sanibel Police took a report about a person versus vehicle crash Saturday, Oct. 31 at Lighthouse Beach Park, 153 Periwinkle Way.

Mary Ridgway of Missouri told officers her adult daughter Julie Carpenter was attempting to pay for beach parking when a white male in his 60s driving a medium gray van backed into the base of the parking meter and temporarily pinned Carpenter’s arm to the meter.

Ridgway reported multiple witnesses confronted the driver, who was unaware he hit the meter or Carpenter. The driver asked Carpenter if she was OK and she told him “yes.” Ridgway stated the driver then got back into his vehicle and drove away.

Carpenter did not sustain any visible injuries or require medical attention, according to the police report. But Ridgway “wished to generate a report.”

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