West Palm man ar­rested af­ter run­ning storm check­point

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By JAN SJOSTROM

A West Palm Beach man was ar­rested Mon­day af­ter po­lice said he ran a check­point in vi­o­la­tion of the county cur­few.

Jeffrey Sardinha, 32, was charged with storm­ing the Royal Park Bridge check­point and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with­out a pre­scrip­tion, po­lice records show.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, an of­fi­cer was dis­patched at 11:41 p.m. to pur­sue a black sedan that had run the check­point in vi­o­la­tion of the county’s 8 p.m. cur­few and the town’s or­der re­strict­ing ac­cess to the is­land af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma. The of­fi­cer stopped Sardinha in the 100 block of Royal Palm Way, the re­port said.

When Sardinha got out of his car, the of­fi­cer no­ticed that “his eyes were blood­shot and speech slurred,” the po­lice re­port says. Sardinha said he was try­ing to find his way home from a 7-Eleven on 45th Street in West Palm Beach.

A search of the car turned up five 20 mg tablets and two half-tablets of al­pra­zo­lam, a drug used to treat anx­i­ety and panic dis­or­ders, in the driver’s side door, the re­port said. Sardinha said they were his pills, but he hadn’t taken them in 17 days, the re­port says. He also ac­knowl­edged that he’d driven through the check­point.

Sardinha was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail and re­leased on $3,000 bond at around 2 p.m. Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to county records.

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