A Minnesota man was arrested for driving under the influence the morning of Monday, April 20, just after coming onto the island. A Sanibel Police Officer observed 73-year-old Frederick Simmons driving erratically in the Fort Myers area as they traveled toward Sanibel.
Once Simmons entered the city limits, a second Sanibel officer observed his vehicle swerving inside its designated lane before briefly leaving the roadway. The officer stopped Simmons’ vehicle at 6:37 a.m. at 205 Periwinkle Way and the first officer confirmed Simmons was the reckless driver. Simmons reportedly had slightly slurred speech and blood-shot eyes. He also struggled to locate his license, vehicle registration and insurance card.
Simmons told the officer he had consumed alcohol the night before and was on the island to go to the beach then said to fish at the pier after the office informed him the beaches were closed. Simmons was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was transported to the Lee County Jail, where a breath test showed he was over the legal limit. He was booked into the jail and released later that day on a $1,000 bond. He was also cited for careless driving.
Two bicyclists were involved in crashes with vehicles last week.
Chet Sadler, of Sanibel, was approaching the intersection of Dixie Beach Boulevard and Bunting Lane at 11:36 a.m. Sunday, April 19, when a vehicle operated by Maria Zoltek, of Sanibel, struck his bicycle. Sadler fell to the ground and sustained minor injuries. Zoltek was given a verbal warning for careless driving.
Stephen Baugh, of Sanibel, was traveling west on West Gulf Drive at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, when his bicycle was struck by a trailer fender of a passing vehicle operated by Joseph Scarnato, of Fort Myers. Baugh sustained minor injuries and Scarnato was cited for improper distance between a bicycle while passing.
Additionally, there was a minor crash reported last week. Felix Esteban, of Fort Myers, was traveling east on Periwinkle Way at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, when the back of his landscaping truck was struck by a vehicle operated by Thomas Schneidermeyer, of Sanibel. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.