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Angel-throwing Ocala woman jailed again on DUI charge

Sherry L. Grant

An Ocala woman jailed last summer after smashing a window with an angel decoration was charged with DUI after being found passed out behind the wheel with her car running.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded around 1:15 a.m. last Monday to 2122 Pine Road, where Marion County Fire Rescue medics were assisting a woman who was found asleep in the driver’s seat of a red Mazda.

Medics said they got the woman – later identified as Sherry L. Grant, 43, of 5901 NW 57th Court – to wake up and she drove the vehicle to the side of the roadway, where she put it in park and turned it off. Grant told the deputy she was driving her and her passenger home from her sister’s house, where she had been drinking. She said felt like she was impaired and could no longer drive, and when she asked the passenger to drive, he got out of the passenger seat and ran into the woods, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Grant said she stayed in the roadway until driving off the side of the road to call herself a ride home. Her speech was extremely slurred and her eyes were glossy and bloodshot. Grant had difficulty stepping out of the car and had to balance herself against the vehicle. She was unable to keep from swaying while outside the vehicle and had to sit several times, the report said.

Asked how much she had to drink, Grant said she had four shots of vodka. She said she was using Percocet, Morphine and Propofol and that is why she was slurring her speech. Grant kept asking where her passenger was, saying there was no way he would leave her, according to the report.

The deputy asked Grant to step to a nearby parking lot to perform field sobriety exercises. She said she did not have a good knee and was unable to perform any walking tasks. The deputy could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Grant’s breath, the report said.

Grant was unable to perform the walk-and-turn or one-leg stand exercises due to her medical condition, and she failed the rest of the exercises. She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where a breathalyzer test returned results of .196 and .183, which is more than double the legal limit, according to the report.

Asked again how much she drank, Grant said she had a full $5 bottle of vodka while she was fishing at the lake with her passenger. She said she also was prescribed Xanax, Percocet, Morphine, and Propofol, which she last used at around 10 p.m. the previous night, the report said.

Grant was released on $1,000 bond.

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