Anyone can come face-to-face with the police. Often, when this happens, this is the worst times of our lives, especially when DUI charges are at issue. These charges carry heavy penalties and life-changing consequences, like lost driving privileges and educational and career opportunities. One local is now facing this traumatic situation.
According to the Marion County sheriff’s deputies, early Sunday morning, a Del Webb Spruce Creek woman allegedly ran a stop sign after leaving her Ocala motel, the Queen’s Garden Resort. As a result, the deputies pulled over the woman’s SUV.
During the stop
Deputies claim the woman admitted to having a drug pipe in her purse. They also alleged that she admitted to drinking two alcoholic beverages, along with smoking drugs nearly an hour prior to being pulled over.
After the deputies conducted a search of the vehicle, the deputies also claimed that they found a back containing several tiny liquor bottles and a glass tube. The deputies assumed these were homemade drug pipes.
Testing and charges
Finally, the deputies claimed that the driver agreed to field sobriety exercises, which the deputies claimed she failed. She was then placed under arrest and taken to the Marion County Jail.
While at the jail breath samples were taken that showed no blood-alcohol content. She also agreed to a urine test, but the deputies did not disclose the results of that test.
Now, the driver faces several charges. These charges include, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and possession and/or use of drug equipment. She was released by the end of the day Sunday night after posting a $2,000 bond. However, she does not have a court date yet.
First and foremost, the key take-away from this incident is to never admit fault. Even though one is pulled over by the police, this does not mean that they have to answer questions. Provide identification and remain silent. That is everyone’s right. If arrested, stay silent and ask for a lawyer.