An 18-year-old woman who was driving with no clothes on told Fort Pierce police it was “real, real, real, real, real, real hot.”
The case began shortly before 11 p.m. March 20 as police spotted a Volkswagen on Seaway Drive traveling without the headlights on, an affidavit states.Investigators wound up throwing her in the cooler – the St. Lucie County jail – on a DUI charge after she took field sobriety exercises.
Police stopped the VW and spoke to the driver, Niomie Ruffolo, of Lake City. She was sweating, and her pupils were dilated.
“I noticed that she was not wearing any clothing,” the affidavit states.
Police asked her to get out of the VW, and she put on a sweatshirt.
“As she exited, I could tell that she was only wearing her underwear,” the affidavit states.
Ruffolo denied boozing or taking drugs.
Asked what was wrong with her headlights, Ruffolo said, “one light is out.”
“A Volkswagen is a German car … you just can’t find a dealership … you have to go to a Volkswagen type of dealership,” Ruffolo is quoted as saying. “Where’s one, in Gainesville, I don’t know.”
Police told her a Volkswagen dealership is in Fort Pierce on South U.S. 1.
When queried as to why her sweater was on inside out and backwards, Ruffolo said, “Because I’m in underwear and a bra, because it’s real, real, real, real, real, real hot.”
A specific temperature reading of “real, real, real, real, real, real hot” was not listed.
Ruffolo then said she no longer was hot. She had abrasions and an apparent black eye, and she said she was “jumped” the day before.
Ruffolo took field sobriety exercises and was jailed on a DUI charge.
Breath tests measured no alcohol in her blood, which police described as “not consistent with her level of impairment.”
Investigators got a urine sample for analysis.
It could be argued that Ruffolo may benefit from a “real, real, real, real, real, real” good lawyer.