A Belleview woman was charged with DUI after another driver called and reported her vehicle was unable to stay in its lane and was “almost hitting other vehicles.”
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy received the tip at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The caller said the white SUV was missing its front bumper and had turned east from SE 58th Avenue onto 96th Place Road, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The deputy turned eastbound onto 96th Place Road and observed a white SUV traveling down the center of a two-lane road. The deputy noticed the vehicle was missing its front bumper and matched the description given by the caller. As the deputy approached the vehicle, it made an abrupt right turn, cutting through the front yard of a residence and into the driveway at 6230 SE 96th Place Road, the report said.
The deputy conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver – Crystal Amelia Sedner, 34, of 14 Juniper Drive. Sedner’s speech was fast and mumbled, and her eyes were bloodshot and watery. The deputy observed the odor of intoxicating beverages emitting from the vehicle, according to the report.
Asked where she was coming from, Sedner said Belleview, which was the opposite the direction the driver reported she was traveling. When asked if she had anything to drink, she said she didn’t have very much, the report said.
Sedner failed a series of field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest. She was given several opportunities to provide a proper breath sample, but she purposely did not follow directions. She said she had the mouthpiece under her tongue, according to the report.
Sedner was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released on $750 bond. She’ll appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 23.