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Ocala woman popped for DUI after almost plowing into sheriff’s deputy

Krystle Lashae Bradford

An Ocala woman was arrested on a DUI charge after she almost ran head-on into a Marion County sheriff’s deputy last week.

The deputy was traveling on Spring Road shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday when an oncoming vehicle entered her lane. The deputy had had to leave the road and drive on the shoulder to avoid being hit by the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the gold Chevy Impala at the intersection of Spring and Pine roads and spoke with the driver, Krystle Lashae Bradford, 34, of 471 Water Road. Bradford first told the deputy she had gotten off work and had not consumed any alcohol. Asked again, she admitted she had one beer while hanging out with her cousin, the report said.

Another deputy arrived on the scene to take over the investigation and while he approached the vehicle, Bradford rolled down her driver’s door window and shouted for deputies to hurry up because she had to be to work. As the deputy got closer, he observed Bradford had bloodshot watery eyes and smelled the odor of alcohol on her breath, according to the report.

After failing a series of field sobriety exercises, Bradford was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, where a breath-alcohol test came back with two readings of .112 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, which is above the legal limit. Bradford was released the next day on $1,000 bond. No court information was available.

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