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Ocala woman with previous DUI arrested while driving with open 12-pack between legs

An Ocala woman with a previous conviction for driving under the influence was arrested on another DUI charge after an officer stopped her for speeding and discovered she was driving with a 12-pack of beer in between her legs.

On July 22 a Marion County Sheriff’s sergeant was patrolling around HWY 42 and observed an Acura cross the yellow lane divider four times.

The driver, 33-year-old Courtney Henson, measured a speed of 67-mph in a 55-mph zone. The vehicle then crossed the yellow lane divider two more times. The sergeant conducted a traffic stop and backup arrived on the scene, according to the sheriff’s report.

Woman drunk while driving near highway
Courtney Henson

The sergeant observed an open 12-pack of beer between Henson’s legs. The sergeant reported he immediately detected a strong odor of alcohol and Henson’s eyes were bloodshot.

Henson’s speech was slow and slurred and when she tried exiting the vehicle, she lost balance, according to the sheriff’s report. She failed the field sobriety test and was unable to walk steady or stand on one leg.

A computer check revealed Henson was previously convicted for driving under the influence and previously charged with refusal to submit a test.

Henson was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail with a bond set at $6,000. She is charged with a DUI and refusal to submit to a DUI test after with a suspended license. She was released on July 23.