The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office conducted two DUI Checkpoints in Sarasota over the weekend.
Friday night, the location was Bay Island Park, in the 1000 block of Siesta Drive, and early Saturday morning, the location was Stickney Point Road at Avenue A.
During the operation, there were 10 DUI arrests, including one offender for whom this was his fourth DUI. There were nine other arrests on numerous charges, including drug possession, possession of alcohol by a minor and driving with a suspended license. There were also 104 traffic citations issued for various violations.
“To remove ten impaired drivers from Sarasota County roads over the holiday weekend made all citizens safer,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Residents of Siesta Key previously requested a checkpoint and it obviously made an impact, not only on those arrested but the hundreds of other drivers and passengers that passed through the operation.
“It is important for all drivers to remember that traffic enforcement is 24/7 for this agency, so even when there is no checkpoint, we’re watching for these violations.”
Other agencies participating in this operation included the Florida Highway Patrol, North Port Police Department and Venice Police Department.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY – The Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies were kept busy over the long Memorial Day weekend making several arrests involving alcohol.
CCSO deputies arrested nine people for DUI; one was part of the four DUI checkpoints held over the weekend involving a total of 825 vehicles. One vehicle had a 16 year old juvenile passenger that was intoxicated.
An FWC officer arrested a Port Charlotte man for Boating Under the Influence at the Laishley Park Boat Ramp in Punta Gorda.
ENGLEWOOD BEACH ALCOHOL/TOBACCO CHECKS:
Two juvenile boys, both aged 15, were arrested during a CCSO Special Operation on Englewood Beach targeting minors in possession of alcohol and tobacco products. Both boys were charged with Possession of Alcohol Under 21 Years of Age (Rum). One of the boys was issued a tobacco citation for possession of cigarettes.
ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS:
Members of the Juvenile Operations Unit conducted business compliance checks for selling alcohol to minors Friday night. A total of eight Punta Gorda area businesses were checked using an Investigative Aides between the ages of 15-19 and one arrest was made. Daniel Stuart Pullen, 25, 1620 Spruce Pine St., Punta Gorda, was charged with Selling Alcohol to a Person Under 21 at the Murphy USA gas station, 26359 Jones Loop Rd., Punta Gorda.
Been arrested for DUI in Charlotte County? If so, feel free to contact the Florida DUI Lawyers of Musca Law for a free and confidential consultation:
Charlotte County Office
Bank of America Building
126 E. Olympia Ave., Suite 402
Punta Gorda, FL 33950