Ocala woman who failed to correctly recite alphabet jailed after traffic stop

Trinda Louann Hollar

A woman accused of running two stop signs in front of an Ocala Police officer was arrested Wednesday night.

The officer stopped a blue Chevy TrailBlazer driven by 55-year-old Trinda Louann Hollar in the 300 block of NW 28th Street and called a Marion County sheriff’s deputy for assistance. The deputy reported that Hollar, of Ocala, had bloodshot, watery eyes and he smelled the odor of an intoxicating beverage while speaking with her.

Hollar was invited to participate in field sobriety exercises, which she agreed to do. She failed all five tests, including reciting the alphabet up to the letter Q and then saying, “R, X, W, X, Y, Z,” the report says, adding that a K-9 alerted on Hollar’s vehicle during an open-air sniff, indicating the likely presence of drugs.

Hollar told the deputy she had a small amount of marijuana in her purse, which was located on the vehicle’s passenger seat. The deputy opened the passenger door to retrieve the purse and smelled a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage and saw a blue sports bottle on the seat. He also reported seeing what appeared to be a green leafy substance on the passenger seat and the floorboard.

The deputy retrieved the sports bottle, which was “full of an orange beverage and ice that smelled of alcohol. A field-test on the green leafy substance tested positive for marijuana and residue on a smoking pipe that was found was identified as cocaine, the report says.

Hollar was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held on $2,000 bond and her next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.