The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Silver Springs Shores woman on a charge of DUI after a breath test indicated her blood alcohol level was more than five times the limit at which someone is presumed to be driving drunk.
The driver, Leianne Francine Lazarus, 33, was arrested Monday afternoon and taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Ocala.com.
Shortly before 4 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report from a concerned citizen about a woman who was driving recklessly.
Sgt. Thomas J. Barclay saw the vehicle, described as an early model four-door Hyundai and stopped it.
Deputy Doreen Casolo was called to the scene. Lazarus, the driver, told him she was trying to get home, according to the report.
Barclay asked Lazarus to get out of the car so it could be moved, because it was blocking northbound traffic. Lazarus was “unable to walk without assistance” and had “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” the report said.
Casolo said Lazarus could not perform a field sobriety exercise and was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she took a breath test. The results were .447 and .466. The state’s legal limit – the level at which a driver is presumed to be intoxicated – is .08.
Because of her high level of intoxication, Lazarus was transported to Munroe Regional Medical Center, where she stayed until 1 a.m. At that time, she was checked again, and the level was .279.
Lazarus was released from the hospital and taken to jail.