FORT MYERS, Fla. - State Attorney's Office investigator Charles Lawson was arrested for DUI, but Florida Highway Patrol also confirms to WINK News that Lawson is a suspect in the deadly hit and run crash that killed Michael Sasen early Christmas morning.
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers pulled Lawson over down the street from the crash scene on McGregor Boulevard, near Kasamada Drive. They said he had damage to his vehicle that was consistent with the hit and run crash that killed 48-year-old Michael Sasen. Lawson was then taken into custody for driving under the influence.
Lawson appeared before a Lee County judge Thursday and was granted pre-trial release with supervision or an alternate bond of $750. He later posted bond and was released from jail.
Sam Syoen with the State Attorney's Office says Lawson was in his company-issued vehicle at the time of the crash.
WINK News spoke exclusively with Sasen's family about his life in an interview early Thursday morning.
The family tells WINK News that they are relieved a suspect a suspect has been named, but have too many unanswered questions.
The State Attorney's Office has requested that Gov. Rick Scott assign Lawson's case to another circuit because of conflict of interest. Meantime, the 56-year-old investigator has been placed on suspension with pay.
Lawson has worked as an investigator with the State Attorney's Office for nine and a half years. Prior to that he worked at Fort Myers Police Department for 25 years.