An irate Dunnellon woman who was wearing a white bikini and walking a dog found herself behind bars Monday afternoon after battling with an Ocala hotel manager at the facility’s pool.
The manager of the Country Inn & Suites, located at 3720 S.W. College Rd., called Ocala Police officers for help after she spotted 42-year-old Melody Jean Carr at the pool and didn’t remember her being a guest at the hotel. She said Carr became upset with her and refused to identify her room number before leaving the hotel pool area on foot.
Officers started searching for Carr and found her a short time later at the nearby La Quinta Inn & Suites, located at 3530 S.W. 36th Ave. Carr became aggressive with officers when they asked her what was happening, telling them they needed to leave her alone, a police report states. She said she hadn’t done anything wrong and the manager of the Country Inn & Suites approached her because she was “jealous that her body looked good,” the report says.
Carr also claimed that she was at the Country Inn & Suites with her boyfriend, who had rented a room there. She said they had an altercation and she left, then claimed she was only at the hotel because her vehicle, a white Mustang convertible, wasn’t working.
An officer told Carr that she was going to be trespassed from the Country Inn & Suites and her vehicle was going to be towed if she didn’t move it. Shen then jumped over a fence, got inside her vehicle and squealed the tires as she pulled straight ahead into a parking spot at the BP gas station at 3710 S.W. College Rd., the report says, adding that her vehicle was stopped by a parking bumper because she failed to hit the brakes fast enough.
The manager of the gas station told Carr she couldn’t leave her vehicle there and she became upset with him and walked outside the store. She then turned and yelled at the officer, who could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She was placed in handcuffs and detained, the report says.
Carr told officers that she had a drink at 9 a.m. at the hotel but didn’t explain why her breath still smelled like alcohol and she was “visibly impaired.” She continued to claim she had only consumed one alcoholic beverage but didn’t say how big it was, the report says.
Before transporting Carr to the Marion County Jail, officers asked her several times if someone was available to pick up her dog but she “did not cooperate.” An animal control officer was then called to the hotel to take possession of the dog, the report says.
Carr was transported to the jail and issued trespass warnings from both hotels. She was charged with disorderly intoxication and released Tuesday morning on $2,000 bond. Her next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.