COPS CORNER 10.16.17
Oct. 8, North Park Ave: At approximately 6 p.m., an officer arrived at the scene where a golf cart accident reportedly occurred earlier. According to the informant, a golf cart overturned at the intersection of North Park Avenue and Park Court. The female driver of the golf cart left the scene following the accident but was later located at her residence and brought back to the scene. Given the driver’s glassy eyes and visible orbital sway, the law-enforcement officer suspected the driver had been operating the golf cart under the influence of alcohol and conducted a DUI investigation. According to a police report, the driver said she left the scene to ask her husband for help because her daughter and three other occupants in the golf cart at the time of the accident had been injured. The driver told the officer she had consumed a Bud Light beer at noon and felt completely sober, however, the driver did not perform the field sobriety exercises correctly. The driver was later transported to a DUI testing center, where she provided two breath samples indicating her blood alcohol content was between 0.277 and 0.284 – a BAC of 0.08% or higher is considered legally drunk in the U.S.
Oct. 13, 10000 block of West Colonial Drive: Around 6:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a large chain department store to investigate a call about an alleged shoplifting. Upon arrival, the complainant informed the police officer that he had seen a woman rummaging through some boxes in the electronics department of the store and conceal items in her purse. The woman then attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise hidden in her purse, which totaled $37.05. The concealed items included Gummy Lifesavers, Fig Newtons, RITZ crackers, a TM Polar Square and Doritos. It was discovered the woman also had an out-of-county warrant from Lake County. She was arrested, trespassed for one year and charged with petit theft.
Oct. 15, 500 block of Tomyn Boulevard: At approximately 7 p.m., an officer was dispatched to an elementary school to investigate a call regarding a reckless driver. According to the caller, a four-door sedan had been seen driving recklessly around the school’s parking lot and struck the fence in front of the school, causing damage. Once the officer arrived at the school, they noticed the school’s gate located at the entrance was off its hinges and one of the poles had been knocked over. The officer spotted the vehicle in question sitting in the parking lot with its headlights on. The driver of the parked vehicle drove over to the officer’s location and the officer noticed collision damage that matched the damage made to the school’s front gate. The female driver then exited the vehicle and stated, “I don’t know how I got back here, but I might be drunk.” She added she was on her way home when she got lost and struck the gate and had since been driving around the parking lot trying to find an exit. A second officer arrived on scene with bolt cutters and opened the second gate, allowing the first officer to question the female driver. The driver stated she had consumed two glasses of wine at Carrabba’s that night without eating anything. The driver refused to conduct field sobriety exercises and refused to provide breath samples to test her blood toxicity level. The woman was charged with DUI property damage.