60.5 F
The Villages
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Villager jailed without bond after failure to complete DUI school

Daniel Lee Messerschmidt was booked Saturday at the Sumter County Detention Center
Daniel Lee Messerschmidt

A Villager has been jailed without bond after failure to complete DUI school.

Daniel Lee Messerschmidt, 66, of the Village of Bonita, was at the wheel of 2016 Lexus RC200T at 10:46 a.m. Saturday on Cleveland Avenue, when he was pulled over by a Wildwood police officer who ran the vehicle’s license plate and discovered the vehicle’s registered owner has a suspended driver’s license.

During a traffic stop, the officer confirmed that Messerschmidt’s license had been indefinitely canceled on April 19 for failure to complete DUI school.

He was involved in an accident in the wee hours Dec. 17 on Morse Boulevard, south of Bonita Boulevard, according to an arrest report from the Florida Highway Patrol. When a trooper went to interview Messerschmidt at the emergency room, it appeared as if he had been drinking. He failed field sobriety exercises and provided breath samples that registered .105 and .100 blood alcohol content.

Earlier this year, Messerschmidt, a former resident of the Village of Poinciana, was sentenced in a child mentoring case in which he apparently developed an infatuation on the mother of the child he was supposed to be mentoring through the Dads for a Day program. When she rebuffed the then-married Villager, the woman came home and her found clothes had been scattered on the back steps of her residence. Her iMac computer was on the floor of the kitchen with the screen shattered, the arrest report said. Messerschmidt was ordered to seek mental health counseling, placed on probation for three years and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Because he is on probation, he was booked without bond after Saturday’s arrest for driving while license suspended.

Should motor-driven bicycles be allowed on golf cart paths?

A Villager wonders if motor-driven bicycles should be allowed on the multi-modal paths in The Villages. Read his Letter to the Editor.

A golf cart cut me off and I went over the handlebars

A Village of Fenney resident, in a Letter to the Editor, describes being cut off by a golf cart while riding his bicycle on the multi-modal path.

The multi-modal paths are open to everybody

A Village of Gilchrist woman, in a Letter to the Editor, says the multi-modal paths are to be shared by everyone and are not exclusively for golf carts.

I enjoy riding my bicycle on multi-modal paths in The Villages

A Village of Dunedin resident, who frequently rides a bicycle on the multi-modal paths in The Villages, responds to a Letter to the Editor from a resident of the Village of DeSoto.

Pedestrians are not always treated with respect on multi-modal paths

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Osceola Hills at Soaring Eagle resident says that pedestrians are not always treated with respect on the multi-modal paths.