Lee commissioner faces DUI-related charges
A Lee County commissioner is facing multiple DUI charges following an arrest this week.
John Edward Manning, 67, who represents a section of Cape Coral as the District 1 representative on the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, was arrested and charged Tuesday with two counts of DUI unlawful blood alcohol with damage to property and one count of DUI unlawful blood alcohol.
He has since been released from the Lee County Jail on $5,000 bond.
On Thursday, Manning declined to comment over the phone about the charges against him.
He did confirm that he has retained an attorney, though he did not provide a name.
At about 7:14 p.m., Cape police responded to Cape Coral Parkway West and Pelican Boulevard regarding a traffic crash at the intersection. Several callers reported that one vehicle ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle, then crashed into a light pole in a parking lot, according to a report.
Upon arrival, Manning was located in the driver’s seat of a Nissan Murano. When he exited the SUV, Manning was unsteady on his feet. He reportedly stated to police that he had one glass of wine.
“Usually I have three but I had one,” the report states Manning said.
He also reportedly told police that he had no idea how the initial crash had occurred.
Police observed that: Manning’s eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy; his breath had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage; that his face was flushed red; that he was slow to respond and their questions had to be repeated to him; that his coordination was slow; and that his pupils were extremely dilated.
According to the report, police asked Manning what caused the crash and where he was coming from. He told police that he was coming from 47th Terrace, where he had had dinner and a glass of wine.
Manning participated in the standardized field sobriety tests.
Based on the investigation, police placed him into custody for DUI.
Manning was asked to take a breath test. On two tries, he blew a BAC of 0.105 both times.
During transport, he reportedly told police that he had one glass of wine with dinner. Manning said he may have ordered two, but he did not finish the second one. Manning said the wine was called Hass.
He also said his ear hurt and he was having a hard time hearing due to the air bag deploying.
Manning has a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 9.