An Ocala woman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after refusing to participate in field sobriety exercises and provide a breath sample for testing.
Emilee Marie Redondo, 35, who lives in the 7000 block of Hemlock Course, was pulled over by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 9200 block of SE Maricamp Road after she was observed driving erratically. The deputy reported that Redondo was following a pickup truck too closely while braking and accelerating unusually. Her vehicle bounced between lane lines and straddled the right line multiple times, according to the sheriff’s office report.
When the deputy initiated the traffic stop, Redondo drove onto the curb instead of coming to a stop on the shoulder. When asked for her driver’s license, she couldn’t find her wallet at first. Once she found it, she provided her license along with a blue debit card that she said was her social security card, the report said.
The deputy smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Redondo’s breath, and her speech was slurred and her eyes were watery. She told the deputy she didn’t have anything to drink, and when he told her he could smell alcohol on her breath, she responded “Well, that’s great.” When asked again if she had anything to drink, Redondo said “I might have smoked something but I didn’t,” according to the report.
The deputy asked Redondo if she’d be willing to participate in field sobriety exercises and she said, “I took the CJ Bat test. I know how it goes.” She then admitted to drinking a few hours earlier. When the deputy placed a strip of duct tape on the ground do administer the walk-and-turn exercise, she refused and said, “I’ve been there done that,” the report said.
Due to her driving pattern, the smell of alcohol and her appearing to be impaired, Redondo was placed under arrest. A search of her vehicle revealed a Yeti cup in the center console with a yellow substance appearing and smelling like alcohol. There were four bottles of Busch Light beer, cold to the touch, in the back seat, according to the report.
Redondo was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was read the implied consent law but refused to provide a breath sample. She was released later in the day on $1,000 bond.