Sanibel Woman Charged with DUI After Caught Speeding

A Sanibel woman was charged with driving under the influence, after a patrol officer clocked her vehicle traveling 17 mph over the speed limit at 1:55 a.m. Aug. 24 on Periwinkle Way. Thirty-two-year-old Laurie Gustafson was stopped at Farm Trail, when the officer approached her vehicle and reported smelling alcohol on her.

The report stated Gustafson dropped her wallet, attempted to hand the officer a business card in lieu of a driver’s license and had to be repeatedly asked for her vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance. Gustasfon told the officer she did not have anything to drink, but performed poorly on a field sobriety test. She was transported to the Lee County Jail, where she refused a breath test.

Gustafson was released from the county jail later in the morning of Aug. 24 on a $1,000 bond. She also received a citation for speeding.

Accidental Hit-and-Run

A Sanibel Parking Enforcement Officer was assisting a driver navigate a U-Haul box truck in the Tarpon Bay Beach parking lot on Aug. 24, when the U-Haul scraped the front bumper of the unoccupied parking enforcement vehicle. The officer reported the driver, 64-year-old Mark O’Brien of Hastings, Mich., likely did not realize the accident occurred and the officer was unable to flag down O’Brien to alert him of it.

Police located O’Brien and his U-Haul box truck in the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office, 650 Tarpon Bay Rd. He was made of aware of the accident and not issued a citation. 

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