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Woman faces drug charges for second time in 3 months after crash

Ann Marie Groover

An Ocala woman was arrested on DUI and drug charges after knocking down a utility pole in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on East Silver Springs Boulevard.

Ann Marie Groover, 49, was charged with driving under the influence and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. The arrest comes on the heels of a July arrest when drugs were found in Groover’s vehicle during a traffic stop.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, an Ocala Police sergeant observed Groover’s vehicle traveling eastbound at the 3600 block of East Silver Springs Boulevard. He followed the vehicle from the 3600 block to the 2300 block and saw it straddle the white lines on the road and swerving, according to the OPD report.

At the 2300 block, the sergeant saw the vehicle swerve to the right, travel over the curb and strike a utility pole, knocking it over. Once Groover got out of the vehicle, the sergeant observed her swaying while standing. He suspected her of being under the influence, so he called in an officer to assist with a DUI investigation, the report said.

Once the crash investigation was complete, the officer told Groover he was conducting a criminal investigation for DUI and informed her of her Miranda rights. Groover agreed to participate in standardize field sobriety exercises, which she failed, according to the report.

Groover was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was given a breath-alcohol test that produced two readings of .000. A urine sample was collected for drug testing, the report said.

Meanwhile, another officer conducted an inventory of Groover’s crashed vehicle and found an off-white powdery substance and a pure white powdery substance in Groover’s purse that was on the floorboard of her vehicle. The off-white substance tested positive for heroin, while the pure white substance tested positive for cocaine. The DUI charge is pending the results of the urine test, according to the report.

Groover is being held on $10,000 bond. She’ll appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 29.

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