A woman who Highway Patrol troopers said exhibited reckless driving that caused her 8-year-old son to be injured in the bed of the pickup she was driving was arrested.
When Trooper James D. Whitmore arrived in the 7000 block of Southwest 80th Street, Ocala, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy told him that witnesses said Cauchi had been drinking all day.
The witnesses told troopers the boy was in the bed of a 2006 Toyota 4Runner and was injured because his mother was driving around the yard unsafely.
Troopers said the vehicle crashed into a fence. After impact, the boy was flung forward and his forehead struck the bottom floor of the truck bed. He was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to recover from his injuries.
The Department of Children and Families was notified and agency representatives went to the hospital.
Whitmore said he went to Cauchi and detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. He described her speech as slurred and thick-tongued. Cauchi declined to talk to the trooper, telling him that she wanted her lawyer. Her lip was bruised from hitting the steering wheel. She was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.
The trooper arrested Cauchi, who complained to officials, wondering how she could be taken into custody for driving on her own property. She told authorities she was just looking for her horse.
The trooper said Cauchi had troubled standing and walking to his cruiser.
Cauchi was charged with DUI, DUI with property damage, DUI with serious bodily injury to another and refusal to submit to a DUI test after her license was suspended or revoked.
She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she refused to submit to a breath test. The trooper said it was Cauchi’s second DUI test refusal.
She again told the trooper that she wanted her attorney.