On Friday, February 21, 2014 the Fort Myers Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of Winkler Avenue and Center Point Drive. Over 500 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Police arrested a total of 18 people including 8 for driving under the influence. Officers also issued 25 traffic citations.
Donte Lopez (d.o.b. 08/08/1982 of Fort Myers) was arrested during the checkpoint for the following:
Trafficking in Heroin (54 grams)
Possession of Cocaine (13 grams)
Possession of Marijuana (10 grams)
Possession of Methamphetamine (10 molly pills)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
FMPD received assistance from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Cape Coral Police Department, Lee County Port Authority, Naples Police Department, Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol. Checkpoint emphasis was placed on the following:
1. Remove impaired drivers from the roadway
2. Reduce the likelihood impaired drivers will operate their vehicles on our roadways
3. Heighten awareness
4. Educate the public on the dangers of drunken driving
Sobriety checkpoints and other increased patrol operations are scheduled as part of the Fort Myers Police Department’s strategic plan and on-going efforts to make the streets safer by educating the public on traffic safety issues. FMPD received funding from the Florida Department of Transportation to host DUI checkpoints. The money helps purchase DUI checkpoint equipment and to pay officers overtime when they participate in the checkpoints.