December 17, 2014

Sobriety checkpoint leads to two DUI arrests

A sobriety checkpoint on Stock Island Friday night into Saturday morning led to the arrest of two drunk drivers.  Officers working the stopped a total of 621 vehicles during the course of the checkpoint. Numerous traffic related citations were issued as well as warnings for minor safety violations.

29 year old Hugh Wells of Spring Hill, Florida pulled into the checkpoint in his blue pickup truck at 9:20 p.m. The vehicle smelled of alcohol, and there were numerous open containers of alcoholic beverages inside. Wells’ father and mother were also in the vehicle. Wells admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving. After field sobriety exercises were administered, eh was arrested and booked into jail for driving under the influence of alcohol. His truck was towed because the other two occupants had also been drinking and were not able to drive it.

An FHP K-9 team was on scene at the checkpoint and alerted on the pickup truck indicating the possible presence of illegal drugs. Inside the truck a search turned up a small amount of marijuana on the front passenger side. Wells’ mother, Jill Wells claimed ownership of the marijuana and a smoking pipe also found. Jill Wells was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A white Avalanche pulled into the checkpoint just after midnight and had window tint which appeared to be darker than allowed by law, so deputies asked the driver to pull over so they could check the tint. When the driver, 24 year old Bradley Wells of Summerland Key, lowered his driver’s side window, deputies could smell the odor of alcohol. He was asked to exit his vehicle and, while he was walking he showed clear signs of being impaired. After field sobriety exercises were administered, Wells was arrested. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He was also cited for having window tint darker than the allowable limit by law.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office organized the checkpoint, with assistance from the Key West Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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