Island police blotter
Dec. 27, driving under the influence, Margaret McGinley, aka Margaret Field. While on patrol, the deputy was in a store at 5400 Marina Drive of Holmes Beach when a male subject on a motorcycle ran into the store and said there was an SUV all over the road that had almost hit them, and had nearly hit pedestrians crossing the road. The deputy left the store and eventually got behind the northbound vehicle and saw the SUV swerving in the bike lane and into oncoming traffic on Gulf Drive. He observed the vehicle turn around in a driveway on 85th Street, Holmes Beach, and run over a palm tree. The officer made a traffic stop, but the SUV didn’t stop until it reached Anna Maria.
The officer made contact with the driver, who the officer said had slurred speech and was unsteady. The officer said McGinley made reference to owning the Sun newspaper. According to the report, she asked the deputy to let her go with a warning and drive her home. McGinley was charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level over .15 (.242 and .277), reckless driving and leaving the scene of a traffic accident with property damage. She was transported to jail.
No new reports.
Dec. 30, 522 Bayview Drive, theft. A victim came to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report the theft of a kayak from his residence. The victim said the kayak was tied to a seawall on his property Dec. 21.The kayak was gone by Dec. 26. The victim said the kayak was purchased about five years ago for $1,100.