Police Make Two DUI Arrests on Fourth of July

Sanibel Police made two arrests for driving under the influence on the Fourth of July.

Terri Simmons

A vehicle operated by 59-year-old Terri Simmons of Ohio was stopped by police at 3:59 p.m. on Sanibel Captiva Road, near Buckthorn Lane, after it was observed crossing the yellow center line several times.

Simmons exhibited signs of intoxication and smelled of alcohol, according to the report. Police found a three-quarter empty bottle of vodka and several plastic cups with small amounts of possible vodka on the floorboard during a search of her vehicle.

Police were unable to conduct a field sobriety test due to her medical condition. Simmons initially agreed to take a breathalyzer test and was transported to the Lee County Jail. She then refused to complete the breath test and was booked into the jail for driving under the influence. She was released Sunday, July 5 on a $2,500 bond. Simmons also received a citation for an expired tag less than six months.

Nargis Aponte

Forty-two-year-old Nargis Aponte, Fort Myers, was stopped by police at 11:29 p.m. on Sanibel Captiva Road at Mile Marker 1.5, after her vehicle was observed swerving in its lane of travel several times.

Aponte exhibited signs of intoxication and smelled of alcohol. She repeatedly apologized to the officer for “causing trouble.” She also told the officer she had been arrested for driving while impaired in the past. She was charged with a DUI and resisting an officer without violence in June 2017 and driving with a suspended license in August 2019.

She performed poorly on a field sobriety test and initially agreed to a breathalyzer test. A first reading showed she was over twice the legal limit then she refused further breath tests. Aponte was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a DUI test with a suspended license, a misdameaner. She was released from the Lee County Jail Sunday, July 5 on a $1,000 bond.

Vehicle Accidents

Police found Ryan Moreland, 36, Fort Myers, standing outside his vehicle at 12:11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8 on the Sanibel Causeway C-Span, near the Sanibel Boat Ramp. The officer observed damage to the front and passenger-side tire of Moreland’s vehicle.

Moreland was showing signs of impairment, according to the report, and said he was just trying to get home. A tow truck arrived on the scene, which Moreland had called before the officer arrived, and he was allowed to leave with the tow truck driver.

Later, police found damage to shrubbery at a home on East Gulf Drive, a downed mailbox on Lindgren Boulevard and more damaged shrubbery on Lindgren. However, a citation was not issued for failure to report an accident because police initially could not determine where the crash occurred or if Moreland was operating the vehicle.

Cesar Gonzalez, 47, Estero, Fla., was traveling east on Periwinkle Way 3:09 p.m. Saturday, July 4, when he slowed for traffic and the back of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Bianca Joseph, 29, Cape Coral. Joseph was issued a verbal warning for following too closely.

Michael Schmidt, 71, Sanibel, was pulling his vehicle into a parking space on Baltusrol Court when his vehicle struck the parked vehicle of Sabrina Walker, 44, Fort Myers.

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