A Citra woman had to be placed in a hobble restraint device while being arrested on DUI, drug and resisting charges recently in Silver Springs.
At around 8:30 p.m., a Marion County sheriff’s deputy saw a blue Ford pickup traveling west on East Highway 40 and swerving within its lane. The deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to stop and continued to drive erratically before finally pulling over, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The deputy spoke with the driver – 51-year-old Victoria Lee Diaz, of 2670 NE 165th St. – and observed her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot and watery. The deputy observed Diaz was having trouble completing tasks such as providing her driver’s license, the report said.
The deputy asked Diaz to step out of the vehicle numerous times but she refused. The deputy grabbed Diaz’s arm and tried to escort her out of the vehicle, but she pulled away and had to be taken to the ground by two deputies, according to the report.
Diaz became aggressive and started cursing at the deputies. When asked to perform field sobriety exercises, she told the deputy, “Kiss my ass, mother (expletive deleted).” Diaz started kicking the patrol car door, leading deputies to apply a hobble restrain. At one point during the struggle, she kicked a deputy in the right thigh, the report said.
A search of Diaz’s vehicle turned up a small plastic bag containing a small amount of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.
Diaz was charged with two counts of battery on a law-enforcement officer and single counts of DUI, possession of methamphetamine and resisting an officer without violence. While she was waiting to enter the Marion County Jail, she kicked a deputy’s right shin. Diaz refused to submit to breath, blood or urine testing at the jail, the report said.
Diaz was released Friday on $7,500 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on June 16.