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Woman accused of drunk driving told sheriff’s deputy ‘just put me in handcuffs’

Zantana Shantay Cannon

A 27-year-old woman who was arrested for driving drunk with children in her car recently told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy to “just put me in handcuffs.”

Zantana Shantay Cannon was arrested on Wednesday, May 6 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and three counts of child neglect without great bodily harm. She was released last Friday on $5,000 bond and is due in court June 9 at 9 a.m.

Cannon was pulled over by an off-duty Ocala Police officer after she was seen driving erratically, swerving and running a stop sign with a child in the car. When she finally stopped her vehicle, the officer reported seeing her pour a bottle of wine onto the floorboard of the passenger seat of her car, which contained three children.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and attempted to conduct field sobriety exercises. Cannon told the deputy, “No, I’m drunk. I’m telling you I’m drunk. Just put me in handcuffs. I ain’t got time for all this (expletive deleted),” a sheriff’s report states.

Cannon then agreed to participate in the field sobriety tests, which she failed. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she provided breath samples that showed a blood-alcohol content of .264 and .261. The deputy said, “The defendant failed to provide the juveniles with the care and supervision necessary to maintain their physical and mental health.”

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