Hit & Run, DUI, and Rear-Ender

Sanibel Police this week covered several traffic related incidents on the Island.  Two of them involved the same individual.

Richard Fredrick Porter

On April 30 shortly after 9 p.m., in the 4400 block of Sanibel Captiva Road, a vehicle driven by Ignacio Torres of Shrewsbury, New Jersey was rear ended, blowing out the rear window.  The second vehicle did not stop and drove away from the accident scene.  Sanibel Police located and stopped the vehicle which was being driven by Richard Fredrick Porter of Fort Myers.  He admitted striking the rear of the Shrewsbury vehicle.  He was issued a Notice to Appear for Leaving the Scene Without Giving Information.

A short time later at around 10:30 p.m., a 911 caller reported they were almost struck on the shared use path by a green SUV in the 1200 block of Periwinkle Way.  Sanibel Police located the vehicle and after following a short distance, they stopped to question Porter, the driver from the previous accident. Porter told police that he was lost and looking for a way off the Island.  The officer suspected Porter of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and requested he complete a field sobriety test which he failed.  Porter was taken to Lee county Jail and booked for Driving Under the Influence.

Sanibel Police responded to a vehicle crash without injuries in the 2200 block of Periwinkle Way on May 3 prior to noon.  A vehicle driven by Rodd Sutherland Bell of Sanibel rear ended a vehicle driven by Miguel Angel Camacho of Leigh Acres. Damage was primarily to a pool vacuum.

On May 5 around 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Palm Ridge Island Pharmacy, a vehicle driven by Linda Marie Spaulding of Sanibel struck a pillar and an exterior wall of the building.  Spaulding told Police that she accidentally pressed the accelerator versus the brake causing the accident.  She did not suffer any injuries and was cleared by medics.  Her car was towed away. There is no estimate of the property damage to the building.


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