Sanibel Police made two arrests for driving under the influence this past week. One driver was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, after her vehicle struck two mail boxes and ran over landscaping in The Dunes neighborhood.
A resident on Sand Castle Road was taking their dog outside just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, when they witnessed a northbound vehicle strike their mailbox, run over the shrubs and leave the scene. The resident contacted police, who quickly located 23-year-old Alice Verme, of Sanibel, in a vehicle stopped halfway off the road in the 1500 block of Sand Castle.
Police observed significant damage to Verme’s vehicle consistent with the hit-and-run, but she initially stated the damage was caused at a restaurant in Fort Myers that is located on Sanibel. Verme eventually told the officer she had hit two mailboxes – the second one was discovered by police on Mockingbird Lane. She reportedly exhibited some effects of alcohol consumption and performed poorly on a field sobriety test.
Verme was transported to the Lee County Jail, where a breath test showed she was over twice the legal limit. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Verme was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage and cited for an expired vehicle registration less than six months. She was released from jail Sunday, Sept. 1 on a $2,500 bond.
Two days later police arrested 29-year-old Thuy Nguyen, of Fort Lauderdale, and charged her with driving under the influence. A patrol officer observed Nguyen’s vehicle swerving in the westbound lane near the 1900 block of Periwinkle Way at 12:44 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. She was also observed traveling partially in the eastbound lane in an attempt to make a turn, then stopping halfway off the road in the 2200 block of Periwinkle Way, prior to the officer initiating a traffic stop.
The officer reported the smell of alcohol on Nguyen, who said she was driving to a resort on Captiva. She was unable to locate her driver’s license, registration or proof of insurance and given a field sobriety test, which she failed, according to the report. It also stated that Nguyen became disorderly as she was being transported to the Lee County Jail, sustaining minor injuries from banging her head and face against the Plexiglass in the patrol vehicle.
Nguyen refused to take a breath test and was booked into the jail. In addition to being charged with DUI, she was cited for failure to drive in a single lane and not carrying her drivers license. She was released from jail Tuesday, Sept. 3 on a $1,000 bond.
Minor Hit-and-Run Traffic Accident
Police responded to a minor hit-and-run traffic accident at 2:56 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the 1100 block of Periwinkle Way. Oliva See, 16, Fort Myers, was traveling west on Periwinkle when she slowed for traffic and the back of her vehicle was struck by a tan sedan. See stated she immediately pulled into the parking lot of Dairy Queen and realized the other driver did not follow her. See was unable to provide further information about the tan vehicle and police attempts to locate it were unsuccessful.