Man Arrested for DUI With A Child In The Vehicle

Dominic Alexander

Sanibel Police arrested a Punta Gorda man for driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle. Thirty-one-year-old Dominic Alexander was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 9:27 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, when a marked patrol officer observed his vehicle failing to maintain its lane and partially leaving the roadway.

The officer smelled alcohol on Alexander, who had an expired and suspended driver’s license. He was asked to perform a field sobriety test, but told the officer he did not understand the request and twice stated the officer was “out of his jurisdiction.” Alexander was placed in handcuffs and taken to the Lee County Jail, where he vomited in the parking lot.

Officers searching Alexander’s vehicle discovered two coolers, one of which contained a half-empty bottle of alcohol. He was also issued citations for a second offense of driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain a single lane. Alexander was released from jail Saturday, Oct. 5 on a $2,000 bond. After following proper procedure, the child was released to the care of Alexander’s mother who resides in Bradenton, Fla.

Other Citations Issued

Police responded to a Sundial condominium complex at 8:07 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, for a report of a hit-and-run accident. A witness told officers that a vehicle operated by a male in American flag swimming trunks struck a parked vehicle and left the scene.

Sundial security had located 24-year-old Michael Kelly, of Wildwood, Fla., near his vehicle, which appeared to have fresh damage, in the parking lot of building A just prior to an officer arriving on the scene. Kelly told the officer he was looking for his girlfriend and daughter when he backed up his vehicle to exit the parking lot of building J and struck the parked vehicle.

Officers reported the smell of alcohol on Kelly, who agreed to take a field sobriety test and passed with no signs of impairment. He was issued a citation for improper backing and a notice to appear for the hit-and-run accident causing property damage. The owner of the parked vehicle was notified of the accident by police.

Edward Sieber, 96, Sanibel, was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 11:03 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, when the right front bumper of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Corey Harner, 50, Harrisburg, Pa., who was backing out of the parking lot of Whitney’s Bait & Tackle, 1554 Periwinkle Way. The collision caused Sieber’s vehicle to spin 180 degrees.

Sieber received minor injuries from the air bag deploying and was transported home by his wife, June. Police cited Harner for failing to yield/stop from a private road or driveway.

Elizabeth Kreutzjan, 73, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., was traveling on Sanibel Captiva Road at 3:01 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, when the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Alexander Pitcel, 25, Cape Coral. Pitcel was cited for following too closely and failure to provide proof of insurance. He was also issued a verbal warning for not carrying his driver’s license.

Minor Accident Reported

Peter Barone, 94, Sanibel, was backing his vehicle out of his driveway at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, when he attempted to brake for an approaching vehicle and instead hit the gas pedal causing his vehicle to strike the mailbox across the street. Police left contact information for the neighbor, who was not home at the time.

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