Vehicle Crash and A Tip Lead to Pair of DUI Arrests

A vehicle crash led to an arrest for driving under the influence. Nikkeya Pearce of Fort Myers was traveling east on Periwinkle Way at 6:41 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 when she stopped for traffic near Bailey Road and the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Cara Lasalle of Estero.

Lasalle told the officer she became distracted and repeatedly stated the accident was her fault. The officer suspected Lasalle of being under the influence of alcohol and requested she complete a field sobriety test which she failed.

Lasalle refused to take a breathalyzer test and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for medical clearance. However, she refused to exit the police car once at the hospital “yelling that she needs to be released because she already admitted the crash was her fault and she owns a business on Sanibel,” the report stated.

Lasalle was then transported to the Lee County Jail where she refused to allow a LCJ nurse to check her temperature or exit the vehicle until the nurse left. She was booked into the jail as disorderly and charged with a DUI causing property damage and issued a verbal warning for careless driving. She was released Friday, Feb. 5 on a $2,000 bond.

Sanibel Police received a tip at 9:18 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 of a vehicle swerving on Sanibel Captiva Road. The responding officer located the vehicle in a driveway on Wild Lime Drive with Sharon Michie in the driver’s seat and the engine running.

The officer informed Michie of the tip and asked if she was OK to which she replied yes. The officer suspected Michie of being under the influence of alcohol after speaking with her. She exited the vehicle then ignored the officer’s demands to not enter her garage and became argumentative, according to the report.

The officer requested Michie complete a field sobriety test, but she refused. Michie was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to the Lee County Jail. She submitted to a breathalyzer, but did not supply a sufficient sample on four tests. She was charged with a DUI and released from jail Feb. 6 on a $1,000 bond.

Emma Ruskin of New York, N.Y., was backing her vehicle out a parking space at the Sanibel Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 7, when her vehicle sideswiped the parked vehicle of Laurie Funk of Connecticut. Ruskin was issued a citation for improper backing.

Rudolph Gordon of Fort Myers was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, when his vehicle swerved off the roadway and struck a fixed cable box and an irrigation line. Gordon told the officers he was arguing with his passenger when he saw an eastbound vehicle he believed was coming into the westbound lane causing him to swerve. The passenger said there was an argument but didn’t know why Gordon swerved off the road. Gordon was assessed by Lee County Emergency Medical Services for back pain but refused transport to the hospital. The passenger reported no injuries

Shelia Williams Doucet of Garner, N.C., was making a left turn onto Tarpon Bay Road from the turning lane on Periwinkle Way at 12:52 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, when her vehicle struck a vehicle operated by Christine Attardo of Sanibel. Attardo was making a left turn onto Periwinkle from Tarpon Bay at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.

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