Police Make DUI Arrest; Respond to Two Vehicle Crashes

Luis Flores Sanchez of Fort Myers was arrested last weekend by Sanibel Police and charged with driving under the influence and driving without a license.

Police received two reports of reckless driving just after 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 on Sanibel Captiva Road and located the vehicle operated by Sanchez on Tarpon Bay Road. His vehicle was observed crossing the yellow line and failing to stop at the SanCap and Tarpon Bay intersection.

Police learned Sanchez was never issued a driver’s license and reported he showed signs of impairment. A breath test revealed Sanchez was over the legal limit. He was booked into the Lee County Jail and released Oct. 24 on a $1,500 bond. Sanchez was also issued a citation for failing to stop at the intersection.

Police responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, just prior to the reports of reckless driving. A vehicle operated by Holly Pennywitt of Fishers, Ind., struck a pole connected to the 7-Eleven building on Periwinkle Way.

Pennywitt was given a field sobriety test, after she and her husband admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. She passed “satisfactorily” and was released from the scene, according to the report.

There was a two-vehicle crash at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 on West Gulf Drive. Dennis Edwardson of Lake Worth, Fla., told police he had his turn signal on and was making a left turn into the parking lot of the West Wind Inn when the vehicle behind him, operated by James Felsenthal of Sanibel, attempted to pass and struck his vehicle.

Felsenthal said Edwardson’s vehicle was traveling at a low speed and he attempted to pass. He also told police he did not see Edwardson’s turn signal when he proceeded to pass. No injuries were reported and both vehicles suffered moderate damage.

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