FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Highlights For Cases In Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // October 7, 2023
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week but does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
■ While assisting the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office with a trespassing complaint on the Cape Canaveral Locks, Officer Specialist Hallsten and Officer Osborn located and approached two subjects. A resource inspection was conducted, and the two subjects were found to be in possession of four redfish (a violation within the Indian River Lagoon Region catch and release only area) and one oversized snook.
One subject was arrested and both subjects were trespassed from all of Port Canaveral by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
■ Officer St. Martin was working in Sebastian Inlet State Park at night and was observing anglers as they returned to their vehicles with their catch. Officer St. Martin conducted a resource inspection on one of the subjects who stated all he had was a “slot snook.” Further inspection revealed the snook was significantly over the slot limit of 28-32 inches. The subject was cited accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Marroquin and Officer Rivard were on patrol in the late hours of the night when they noticed a vehicle swerve and nearly hit a guard rail. The vehicle continued down the roadway but was having trouble maintaining its lane and was driving carelessly.
Fearing the driver was impaired, the officers conducted a traffic stop. Their fears were realized upon contacting the operator who displayed signs of severe impairment. The operator performed poorly during standardized field sobriety tasks and was arrested. This driving under the influence charge resulted in a felony because it was the operator’s third within 10 years.
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