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Naples man found allegedly drunk & driving with drugs

Posted at 11:01 AM, Mar 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-07 01:41:43-05

NAPLES, Fla. — A Collier County deputy finds a man asleep at the wheel and allegedly driving under the influence with drugs hidden in his hat on Saturday.

A deputy responded to the scene of a reckless driver in a blue Dodge pickup that had reportedly just stopped on Collier Boulevard and fell asleep at the Tamiami Trail East green light intersection.

When the deputy had approached the vehicle, she found the man who identifies as Fabian Gomez, 29, passed out behind his wheel and arrested him.

Gomez was asked to step out of the vehicle and when he did, the car started to move because the gear was not in park. Gomez reportedly had red, glassy eyes, a flushed face and an alcoholic odor emitting from his face.

The deputy called EMS and they reported that Gomez was healthy; Gomez refused to go to the hospital for further evaluation.

The deputy asked Gomez if he has a license and he said that he was never issued a license.

Gomez was then asked to perform a sobriety test; to which he did not pass.

The deputy then placed Gomez in handcuffs and took his hat off and found a plastic clear bag with white substance fall down from his head. The substance was tested and found to be cocaine, prompting an additional charge.

The deputy transported Gomez to Naples Jail Center.