Marijuana found in passed-out Ocala woman’s running vehicle

Christina Renee Reyes

An Ocala woman was arrested Dec. 8 on drunk-driving and drug charges after being found passed out in the driver’s seat of a running vehicle.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at an address on SW 155th Loop and observed a red Ford Mustang with the vehicle running. The driver – later identified as 34-year-old Christina Renee Reyes — was slumped over in the driver’s seat and appeared to be asleep or unconscious, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy reached through the open window and tried to awaken Reyes, who woke up confused, disoriented and unsure of her whereabouts. When she lifted her head and started to talk, she spoke slowly and mumbled. Her eyes were watery and her face was flushed, the report said.

When asked if she was OK, Reyes said she was sad. When asked if she had been drinking or using drugs, she said she drank the previous night. Reyes then handed over her keys and agreed to perform a series of field sobriety exercises, which she failed on every count, according to the report.

While conducting an inventory search of the vehicle, the deputy found two small clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana, as well as a wooden box that contained a pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana. When told about the marijuana, Reyes spontaneously said, “it’s not mine, it’s his,” referring to her boyfriend who was arrested the previous night, the report said.

Reyes was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she took a breathalyzer test with readings of 0.282 and 0.269, which is more than three times the legal limit. She was charged with DUI, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Reyes was released early last Monday on $2,000 bond.