Sleepy Driver Arrested For DUI

An officer, who was directing traffic at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at Periwinkle Way and Lindgren Boulevard, noticed a vehicle not moving in the roadway. Driver Nicholas Thompson of Sanibel was found asleep behind the wheel. Thompson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Lindsay Baillargeon of Punta Gorda, Fla., was traveling on West Gulf Drive at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 when a bicyclist, Jeremiah Mosteller of Vienna, Va., crossed the road to enter Pointe Santo and struck the right back fender of her vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Andrew Hamilton of Sanibel was riding his bicycle at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 along Periwinkle Way, when a vehicle operated by Maria Dispenza of Sanibel struck his bicycle as she made a left turn from Purdy Drive. Hamilton later reported receiving unknown injuries. Dispenza was found at fault.

Lisa Wood of Sanibel was traveling on Sanibel Captiva Road at 3:55 p.m. Nov. 29, when the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Kathryn Brintnall of Sanibel.

Animal Reports

This alligator in a canal behind a home in the 6100 block of Starling Way has reportedly lost its fear of humans and become a danger. Photo provided by SPD

Three adult-sized coyotes were sighted Wednesday, Nov. 24 in the backyard of home in the 600 block of Anchor Drive.

An injured pelican was captured Friday, Nov. 26 on the beach near 303 Periwinkle Way and transported to Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

A deceased tern and seagull were removed from the beach Saturday, Nov. 27.

A large alligator was reported Saturday, Nov. 27, in a canal behind a home in the 6100 block of Starling Way. The resident said the alligator had lost its fear of humans and become a danger. A trapper was notified.

A resident reported on Monday, Nov. 29 typically seeing up to four iguanas in the 1300 block of Par View Drive, near the Sanibel River.

Comments (3)

  1. That alligator is not a threat and has been in and out of that canal for years. Unfortunately the new owners of the home are from the NE and are. It use to wildlife on Sanibel.

    • So is it unfortunate that the new owners are from the North East or that they are not used to wildlife on Sanibel? Never mind, I’m certain we all know the answer to that question. LOL

  2. It sounds like the new owners have mastered the correct buzz word for getting an alligator removed, “ …has lost its fear of humans…..”. Long time residents need to be indoctrinating new residents on what it means to live in harmony with nature.

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