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Marijuana found in Ocala woman’s car during DUI arrest

Holly Brooke Baugh

An Ocala woman had marijuana in her vehicle during her recent drunk-driving arrest.

Holly Brooke Baugh, 23, was charged with DUI, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Shortly after 2 a.m., a Marion County sheriff’s deputy observed Baugh’s vehicle make an improper turn onto East Highway 40 from SE 1st Avenue, going from the right lane into the left lane and at one point crossing over a double yellow line. Baugh’s vehicle’s tag light was also out, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of East Highway 40 and immediately noticed the smell of alcohol on Baugh’s breath when he spoke with her. Her speech was slurred. Asked how much she had to drink, Baugh said she had two beers, the report said.

When asked for her license, Baugh said she didn’t have it with her. A records check revealed she does not have a Florida license ID card, and that she was issued an ID number for a license suspension in October 2019 for financial responsibility, according to the report.

Baugh failed a series of field sobriety exercises and was arrested on the DUI charge. While conducting an inventory search of her vehicle, the deputy found a white container in the center dashboard compartment under the radio. Inside the container was a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana, the report said.

Baugh was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she refused to provide a breath sample. She was released on $3,000 bond.

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