Woman Charged With Felony Battery, Intimidation

Sanibel Police Officers were called to a home in the Sanibel Bayous neighborhood Sunday, Dec. 6 for a domestic disturbance. Thirty-four-year-old Crista Mahar was arrested and charged with felony battery and intimidation for threatening a law enforcement officer.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the victim sitting in her vehicle. She told officers that a verbal argument with Mahar over a cell phone had turned physical. The victim said Mahar began yelling at her for recording Mahar’s intoxicated behavior on a cell phone.

As the two struggled over the cell phone, Mahar attempted to choke the victim. She also pinched the victim’s arm and punched her in the left eye during the fight. Additionally, Mahar vandalized the victim’s vehicle, including letting the air out of one of the tires.

Mahar admitted to drinking “a few glasses” of rum on the rocks throughout the evening. She also admitted to hitting the victim. Officers determined Mahar had become belligerent due to the level of her intoxication when she saw the victim recording her.

While en route to the Lee County Jail, the officer reported Mahar “became violently upset.” She banged her head against the window, was making herself throw up and spitting. Mahar made suicidal comments and threatened the officer several times. The officer contacted the jail to place Mahar on a suicide hold.

Mahar was released from jail Monday, Dec. 7, on a $6,500 bond. Her first court date for the felony battery charge is Jan. 11.

Bicycle and Vehicle Collide

A bicyclist was transported to Healthpark Hospital in Fort Myers with back pain and abrasions to his leg following a collision with a vehicle Saturday, Dec. 5, at the intersection of Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle Way.

The driver, Robert Johnson of Fort Myers, told officers he stopped at the intersection on Tarpon Bay Road and was making a left turn onto Periwinkle when his vehicle collided with the bicyclist, who he did not see prior to making the turn.

Bicyclist Michael Ross of Sanibel was crossing Periwinkle in the crosswalk when Johnson’s vehicle struck his bicycle. He said at the scene that he could not remember the moments prior to the accident. A witness told officers he saw Ross crossing the intersection quickly and then Johnson’s vehicle colliding with the bike.

Officers reviewed video camera footage from a restaurant at that corner, which showed Ross traveling west on the shared use path along Periwinkle and quickly making a right turn without signaling or slowing. Johnson was in the process of turning when Ross made his turn. The report stated “clear fault could not be established for either driver.”

Three Crashes Reported on Same Day

Nickolas Condosta of Sanibel was traveling west on Ladyfinger Lake Road at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, when his vehicle sideswiped an eastbound vehicle operated David Cook of Rochester, Ind.

Kurtis Thornton was backing up his work vehicle at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Sanibel City Hall parking lot, 800 Dunlop Rd., when it struck the parked vehicle of Sandra Holcomb. Thornton was issued a verbal warning for improper backing.

Grace Urban of Mohnton, Penn., was traveling through the intersection of Tarpon Bay Road and Sanibel Captiva Road at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Nancy Ludwig of Fort Myers. Ludwig was issued a citation for failing to yield the right of way.

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