The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman refuses to pay bar tab, gets DUI February 17, 2015

Reeking of alcohol and unable to stand, Jennifer L. Dworak told a deputy that she had only consumed one pitcher of Yuengling beer, records show.

And, a report noted, she said she didn’t feel intoxicated.

duiBut Dworak’s unpaid bill at Houligan’s in Ormond Beach — nearly $100 — and her reported boozy behavior outside of the pub provide contrasting versions of what happened Thursday.

The manager of the pub at 1643 N. U.S. Highway said the 36-year-old Palm Coast resident tried to drive away in her green Subaru after 11 p.m. without paying her $96.68 bar bill, according to her arrest report.

The bill, according to the manager, was for two pitchers of Yuengling, one double Bacardi drink, one Jack Daniels, eight Kamikaze drinks and one Philly cheese steak.

A deputy with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was called to the pub and found Dworak behind the wheel of her car with the pub’s manager nearby.

She got out of the vehicle at the deputy’s request and almost immediately fell down. She “reeked of alcohol” and had glassy, watery and bloodshot eyes, her arrest report said.

She agreed to pay her bill but her credit card was declined due to insufficient funds. She said she had no other way to pay and the manager said he wanted to press charges.

Then the deputy said he was investigating her for driving under the influence.

She failed field sobriety tests, refused to give a breath sample and stopped answering questions.

The deputy checked her license and found it was cancelled indefinitely on Feb. 2 after three DUI convictions in 2007, 2008 and in December.

She was taken into custody and placed in a holding cell in a Sheriff’s Office facility.

Police say that a baby pulled a bag of cocaine out of Candyce Harden’s shirt during a traffic stop.
That’s where she suddenly fell down and stopped moving. She was hospitalized and then medically cleared and later booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail.

She was charged with DUI, defrauding an inkeeper and operating a vehicle without a valid license.


Deputy asks for license, driver presents old ticket, swigs booze February 16, 2015

A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy stopped driver Christopher Mcmahon, and asked Mcmahon for his vehicle registration and other documents.

Mcmahon_ChristopherNext, he took a swig from a cup that smelled of booze.But instead of providing his registration, Mcmahon, 27, tried to hand over an old traffic citation, an affidavit states.

And it wasn’t long before Mcmahon, who had apparent barf on his pants and car, would be behind bars.

The case began just before 10 p.m. Jan. 29, when a 911 caller reported a vehicle parked half on the street on South Indian River Drive south of Fort Pierce.

A man was regurgitating on the roadway. He got back in his car and started driving north on Indian River Drive. Deputies eventually stopped the vehicle on Midway Road.

A deputy asked the driver, Mcmahon, for his license, proof of insurance and registration.

“Mcmahon was attempting to hand him (the deputy) a piece of paper he believed to be his registration,” an affidavit states. “It was actually a traffic citation from approximately one month ago.”

Mcmahon smelled of alcohol and had apparent “fresh vomit” on his pants and the exterior of the driver’s door.

As a deputy spoke to Mcmahon, Mcmahon “consumed a beverage that was in a clear plastic cup that smelled like an alcoholic beverage.”

Mcmahon, of the 1000 block of Century Drive in Fort Pierce, performed field sobriety exercises before being arrested on a DUI charge.

A breath test measured Mcmahon’s blood alcohol content at 0.173 and 0.174 – greater than twice the legal limit of 0.08.


Woman calls deputy ‘God Almighty’ before stink bomb drops January 29, 2015

A 47-year-old woman evidently confused a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy with “God Almighty” during what could be called a malodorous moment in Jensen Beach, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michelle-Meyers-mugThe deputy asked to see her license, registration and proof of insurance. Meyers started fumbling around and said she forgot what she was looking for. The deputy reminded her and she handed over her license.The deputy stopped Michelle Meyers after 9 p.m. Jan. 14 after noticing her Chevrolet TrailBlazer traveling erratically on U.S. 1.

Meyers said she was coming from work, and the deputy asked where she worked.

“God Almighty … I don’t know,” said Meyers, who smelled of booze.

Queried about how much she imbibed, Meyers said, “God Almighty, I only had two beers.”

The deputy explained how to perform one of a series of field sobriety tests. Meyers again called the deputy, “God Almighty.”

“I assured Meyers that I was not God Almighty, and told her my name was Deputy Cuty,” the affidavit states.

During one field sobriety test, Meyers reported, “I just pooped my pants.”

Further mention was not made of the defecation situation, though the deputy eventually arrested Meyers on a DUI charge.

Meyers, of the 4600 block of Southeast Winter Haven Court in Stuart, declined to take a breath test to measure her blood alcohol content.


Woman behind three-breasted hoax is behind bars January 27, 2015

The Tampa woman who caused an internet sensation last year by claiming she had a third breast surgically implanted was arrested this morning on a charge of DUI.

AR-150129473Alisha Hessler, 21, was released this morning from the Hillsborough County Jail after posting $500 bond.

According to police, Hessler was speeding in her 2011 Mustang near Adamo Avenue and 21st Street around 3:45 a.m. and ran a red light when an officer pulled her over.

The officer smelled alcohol on Hessler’s breath, and she had slurred speech, police say.

She failed a field sobriety test, police say. She registered a blood-alcohol content of .180 and .178 and was transported to Orient Road Jail without incident.

EP-150129473The story of Hessler went viral in September when, as Jasmine Tridevil, she claimed to have had plastic surgery to add a third breast in an effort “to turn off guys.”

On her Facebook page, she said she was filming her life in Tampa to show the struggles she faces because of her surgery.

A website for a massage therapist named Alisha Hessler, who strongly resembled Tridevil, and a web listing for the service mentioned it was a “Provider of internet hoaxes since 2014” and “Specialist in massage for three breasted woman.”


DUI stop: Man gave cop Goody’s Powder package as ID, officers say

A man is charged with drunken driving and drug possession charges after allegedly giving Crestview Police officers a Goody’s Powder package as his driver’s license.

ernest-lenard-williamsOfficers saw Ernest Lenard Williams’ vehicle driving erratically on Jan. 10 and noticed that the driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts, according to the arrest report. Officers stopped the vehicle  and talked to Williams, who was unable to provide his license, registration or proof of insurance, but gave officers the Goody’s package as his license.

Officers noted that Williams smelling like alcohol and had slurred speech and watery eyes, the report said. Williams gave verbal consent for officers to search the vehicle., where they found beer, cigarettes, an “improvised smoking device” and crack cocaine.

Williams was unable to successfully complete field sobriety tests and a search found that his license had been suspended in 2007, according to the report. The passenger in the vehicle said Williams had been using “crack” cocaine.

Williams is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and driving with a suspended license.


Man jailed after 8th DUI at fast food drive-thru January 26, 2015

A 55-year-old man was taken to a hospital early Friday because his blood alcohol content was more than four times the state’s legal limit.

aRobert Munger, who had crashed into a sign at a fast food restaurant, was charged with an eighth DUI offense and a sixth charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked.

At McDonald’s at 2015 S. Pine Ave, Ocala Police Department Officer Jared Forsyth was told that a Mercedes struck a menu box and the impaired driver got out, stumbled around and then returned to the vehicle.

The car was stuck in the drive-thru and Munger had the windows up and was listening to loud music. His eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol, according to an OPD report. He told the officer he had no memory of hitting the sign.

Alcohol was found inside the car.

Munger agreed to a field sobriety exercise, which he failed. He gave a breath sample and the results measured .333 and .327.

The state legal limit at which someone is presumed to be intoxicated is .08.

Munger was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center shortly after his 12:56 a.m. arrest. Marion County Jail records show he was booked at the facility at 7:10 a.m.


Kids jump out of car, report mom for DUI January 22, 2015

A 45-year-old mother in Gainesville faces child neglect and drug charges after four children said they jumped out of the car she was driving because she was drunk, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

sfl-flduh-kids-mom-dui-20150121-001Angela R. Woodworth was arrested Tuesday and charged with four felony counts of child neglect, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer without violence.

According to police, four 11-year-old children — Woodworth’s son and three of his friends — entered a Steak ‘n Shake at 3714 SW 42nd St. claiming Woodworth was drunk and in fear they jumped out of the car she was driving.

“It was like a little girl screaming for help,” said Kenisha Drayton, who witnessed the incident. “We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”

Josh Kramer said he helped the kids — two boys and two girls — at the Steak ‘N Shake. He was there eating when the children ran inside.

“One of the boys told me his mom, they just left Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road,” Kramer said. “She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. They came to a stop. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”

Kramer said he immediately called 911 and while he was on the phone with a dispatcher, Woodworth showed up and was screaming at the children, telling them to come with her.

“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant,” Kramer said. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”

Police said when an officer arrived at the restaurant, the children ran to the officer for safety.

“They were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space,” GPD Officer Ben Tobias said. “We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”

Police said the children told them that during the day Woodworth drove them from their home in Interlachen to Gainesville, where they went to several locations, including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley — where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer — and Ruby Tuesday, where she had four drinks. Police confirmed the purchase of the drinks with charge receipts. The children said they roamed the mall unsupervised while Woodworth was at Ruby Tuesday.

Officers said Woodworth refused to comply with them and interfered with the investigation when they first made contact with her. They also said she showed signs of extreme impairment.

Police said a search of Woodworth’s vehicle revealed about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.

Woodworth was arrested and officers notified the Department of Children and Families. Police said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and the boy’s three friends were returned to their parents.

“Hopefully she gets the help that she needs and the punishment that she deserves to put somebody’s kids and her own kids behind that kind of dangerous situation right there,” said Travis Smith, who witnessed the incident. “I’ll pray for her.”



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