Police Make DUI Arrest; Respond to Minor Vehicle Crash

David Ciula

A Fort Myers man was arrested Sunday, June 7, and charged with driving under the influence.

A Sanibel Police Officer observed a vehicle operated by 68-year-old David Ciula stopped for several seconds at the Sanibel Captiva and Tarpon Bay roads intersection at 6:25 p.m. Ciula then traveled north on Palm Ridge Road before making a left turn to travel east on Periwinkle Way. The officer observed Ciula’s vehicle crossing the center line several times and leaving the roadway on Periwinkle.

His vehicle was stopped in the 1100 block of Causeway Boulevard and the officer suspected Ciula of being impaired. Ciula told the officer he had consumed “two or three rum and cokes in the past few hours.” A second officer at the scene found two containers possibly containing alcohol during a search of Ciula’s vehicle.

Ciula was given and performed poorly on a field sobriety test. He was arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired and transported to the Lee County Jail, where breath tests showed he was near twice the legal limit. He was released from jail Monday, June 8, on a $1,000 bond.

Minor Vehicle Crash

Police responded to a two vehicle crash at 2:32 Sunday, June 7, in the parking of the Sanibel Fishing Pier, 144 Periwinkle Way. Stanley Cheslock, 74, Cape Coral, was backing up his RV when it struck an unoccupied, parked vehicle. Officers were unable to locate the driver of the parked vehicle at the scene and left a business card.

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