Michigan Man Charged with DUI; Woman Injured in Single Vehicle Crash

A Michigan man was charged with driving under the influence in the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 15, after he was caught speeding on Periwinkle Way.

Mark Schneider, 53, was traveling west when a Sanibel Police Officer recorded his vehicle’s speed at 52 mph in a 35 mph zone. Schneider told the officer he was headed to Donax Street, which was in the opposite direction. He failed a field sobriety test and was transported to the Lee County Jail, where he refused a breath test. Schneider was released from jail later that day on a $1,000 bond.

Police responded to a single vehicle crash at 5:19 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, in which a woman was injured.

Holly Bell, 70, Alva, Fla., was traveling east on Periwinkle Way at approximately 50 to 55 mph, when her vehicle left the north side of the roadway and sideswiped a pedestrian crosswalk sign and a palm tree. Her vehicle continued traveling straight before striking a second palm tree head on causing her vehicle to come to rest facing northeast in the eastbound lane.

Bell told police when she applied her brakes they didn’t work. However, police did not find any skid marks at the scene to suggest Bell attempted to brake. She had mistakenly hit the gas pedal. Bell was transported to the local hospital for treatment.

Tauris Ross, 34, Fort Myers, was issued a verbal warning after striking a mailbox with his work vehicle and failing to report the damage to police. Two sewer workers witnessed the accident Friday, Aug. 9, on Par View Drive and contacted police.

Ross told the investigating officer he was attempting to avoid construction, when his vehicle struck the mailbox. He then stopped and attempted to stand up the mailbox before leaving the scene. Ross’ employer agreed to pay for the damages.

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