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Holiday DUI Enforcement Campaign

There Are No Festivities in Jail
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that Lakeland Police will be out this holiday season from December 13, 2013, to January 1, 2014, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind the wheel.

The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan for a designated driver.

Millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads. Don’t let your 2013 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.

In December, an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. That means approximately 775 people aren’t making it home for the holidays. In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. And, almost 1 out of every 4 cars in fatal crashes during December had a drunk driver. That’s 1 in 4 crashes that were avoidable!

Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
•  Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
•  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; and
•  Remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.


Attempt to Identify - Winn Dixie Grand Theft Suspects

        

On Monday, November 18, 2013, at approximately 4:40 p.m., three unknown subjects entered the Winn Dixie, 1305 Ariana Street and stole $315 worth of Tide Pods laundry detergent.

The suspects are described as a black male, clean shaven and two heavy set black females.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #13-22492  Detective Masters


2nd Annual Hoops for Lakeland’s Finest Charity Basketball Event

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, LPD will face off against LFD in the 2nd Annual Charity Basketball Event sponsored by Let’s Move Health & Fitness. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Lakeland High School and will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (children 10 and under are free).

In addition to the half-time game and prizes for the children, Lakeland Police Department will be giving away two bicycles.

LPD defending champions are hoping for a repeat this year!

Mark your calendars and join us for this fun-filled event.

For more information on the event, contact Michele Taylor, 863-399-6881.


Wanted Person - Kenneth Lee Wesley

Kenneth Wesley is wanted on the following Polk County warrant:

Warrant # CF13-000910-XX
Violation of Probation
Burglary Dwelling Occupied Conveyance
Gr Theft over 100 less 300

He is a person of interest in a Residential Burglary that occurred on November 21, 2013 at 1604 Crystal Park Circle in the city of Lakeland.

Kenneth Lee Wesley
33 years old
5’8”, 160 lbs
LKA: 2327 Crystal Park N

Anyone with information on the location of Kenneth Wesley is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #13-22707           Detective Anderson