Swerving Ocala woman nabbed on DUI charge after visiting with friends

Amber LeDawn Fockler
Amber LeDawn Fockler

An Ocala woman was arrested recently after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy saw her vehicle swerving in and out of traffic lanes on U.S. Hwy. 441.

The deputy noted that he was afraid the driver of the silver Hyundai Sonata was either driving under the influence, falling asleep or having a medical emergency. He conducted a traffic stop in the 10200 block of U.S. Hwy. 441 and spoke with the driver, 35-year-old Amber LeDawn Fockler.

The deputy reported smelling the strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from Fockler’s breath and noted that she had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred, mumbled speech, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy asked Fockler how much she had had to drink and she replied, “Not very much.” She said she was coming from the downtown area where she had been visiting with friends and then agreed to participate in field-sobriety exercises.

Fockler struggled through the exercises, including reciting the alphabet from A to V and then saying, “You got me on that one.” She then added X, Y and Z, the report says.

Fockler was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she provided breath samples showing .205 and .198 blood-alcohol content. She was charged with driving under the influence and released on $1,000 bond. Her next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.

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