During the week of Sept. 6-12, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled several instances in which too much alcohol had been consumed.
Officers Allen and Gore were conducting resource patrols in Apalachicola Bay targeting the harvest of undersized oysters, when they observed a vessel with three people on board harvesting oysters. The officers conducted an inspection and found two large bags of oysters in the hold. They measured one of the bags for size tolerance and found the bag contained 37 percent undersized oysters. Allen issued the vessel owner a citation for the violation and 104 undersized oysters were returned to the water alive.
Allen and Gore were conducting resource patrols on Apalachicola Bay when they observed a vessel underway with two people on board and not displaying a current registration decal. They conducted a safety inspection and during their initial contact they noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the operator,. During the boating safety inspection, the operator was very unstable and did not understand what was asked of him. Allen conducted the field sobriety tasks and the individual performed poorly. The operator was placed under arrest for BUI. During the arrest, the subject became combative and refused to follow the officers’ directions and orders. Allen issued the individual citations for BUI, resisting arrest without violence, refusing to sign citations, expired registration (since August 2012) and insufficient visual distress signals. He was also issued warnings for no Type IV throwable device, no saltwater products license and no registration certificate.
The operator was booked into the Franklin County Jail for felony BUI. The individual had six previous arrests and convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and was out of prison on inmate release for felony DUI.
Gore was en route to vessel patrol when he came up behind a vehicle stopped at a stop sign in Apalachicola. The vehicle never moved and stayed there for an extended period of time. The officer determined the vehicle was not moving because the driver appeared to be passed out, slumped over the steering wheel. The driver attempted to drive off and attempted to make a U-turn in the road.
Gore stopped the vehicle and detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. During the stop, the driver became combative and belligerent and Gore requested assistance. Lt. Calianno and Capt. Kelly responded and assisted Gore with control of the scene. The driver performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and was arrested for DUI and booked into the Franklin County Jail. The driver also did not have a driver license due to a prior DUI arrest.
Gore was working in Eastpoint and set up surveillance on four subjects who were catching large amounts of fish. He observed two of the subjects catching black drum and spotted sea trout. Gore approached the subjects and engaged in general conversation, and determined that the subjects were in possession of illegal trout and black drum. The subjects were also selling the black drum at the location where they caught the fish.
Gore identified himself as an FWC officer and conducted a resource inspection. During the inspection, he found oversized black drum and undersized spotted sea trout. The subjects were cited for possession of undersize spotted sea trout and issued warnings for possession of oversized black drum and the sale of saltwater products without a license. The trout were seized as evidence.
Gore and Allen were on vessel patrol on the Apalachicola River when they stopped a vessel for a wake zone violation and boating safety inspection. During the course of the inspection and issuing the operator a warning, Gore detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on the operator's person. The operator showed signs of impairment.
Gore conducted the field sobriety tasks in which the operator performed poorly. The operator was arrested for BUI and booked into the Franklin County Jail. At the detention facility, it was determined that the operator had several prior arrests for DUI. Information was forwarded to the State Attorney's Office to direct file felony BUI charges.