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Cape Coral police discuss how they are cracking down on D.U.I.s in our area

Cape Coral Police speak on drunk driving cases in our area
Posted at 11:55 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 23:55:00-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Last night a woman caused a major accident on Chiquita and Cape Coral Parkway after hitting 3 drivers while driving intoxicated. Upon officers arrival the driver Jessica Lee Baker denied she was driving this vehicle. Baker continued to become Biligernet and did not comply with officers orders. Phill Mullen with the Cape Coral Police Department says after the crash investigation was completed the officer then attempted to complete a D.U.I test.

“That involves asking someone to do filed sobriety exercises, if you fail those it also involves asking for a breathalizer test. I don’t believe she did any of those things she was just yelling at our officer and quite hostile,” said Mullen.

Adding the officer gave Baker many attempts to comply, and she did not. Mullen says D.U.Is in our area are not uncommon

“It seems to be pretty consistent 5 to 10 a week, which is 5 to 10 too many”, said Mullen.

Mullen says the Cape Coral Police Department is working hard crack down on drunk drivers.

“We’re always out there, our traffic units are looking for impaired drivers. Patrol officers find impaired drivers all the time and we publish our D.U.Is on our website in a deterrent effect, and an educational effect to try and tell people it is easier than ever to not get a D.U.I”, said Mullen

Also with the help of citizens calling in.

“We also get calls from citizens, they see a car driving erratically , speeding, weaving in and out hitting curbs, and we get those calls, and respond out to those calls and fortunately we find those drivers”, said Mullen.

Mullen says like in this case, witness statements helped identify the suspect.

“So if you do call in a drunk driver, if you’re able to stay with them safely, of course and follow them while you’re on the phone with our dispatch, but if they stop and happen to get out of the car we’re going to need that wheel witness and say this person was driving the car,” said Mullen.

Muelln says Cape Coral Police will be conducting D.U.I checkpoints in the near future, to help lower the D.U.I arrests for this fiscal year.