CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The Cape Coral Police Department (CCPD) made two back-to-back announcements of DUI manslaughter arrests.
CCPD has spent months combing through separate deadly wrecks. On July 20, police say 75-year-old William Gulliver drove his truck into Diamond Billiards. His blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit. The pool hall’s longtime chef died in the crash.
Police arrested Gulliver Friday night at his home on Pine Island. He has since posted bond.
Many people have been asking why Gulliver wasn’t cuffed after he was hauled off to the hospital that very day.
“Expecting a probable cause arrest the night of the incident was not realistic and it would not have done the families, the friends, the loved ones of the victims any service whatsoever,” said Sgt. Dana Coston with CCPD.
The same situation goes for Montaigu Moselle, who police say drunkenly crashed into a family of four on the night of the 4th of July. Paul Ortiz, 84, died at the hospital. Another passenger, 78-year-old Joan Ortiz, died almost two weeks later from her injuries.
During a press conference, police said Moselle is behind bars in Rhode Island and waiting extradition to Florida.
“The process has to be carried forward the way it needs to be carried forward. A case like this is a meticulous, methodical investigation,” Sgt. Coston said.
CCPD also took a moment in the press conference to remind everyone they are watching for drunk drivers on the roads. They will be holding DUI checkpoints through the end of the month.