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
Allen and Gore were conducting resource patrols on
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
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
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.