A Florida woman was arrested for DUI after a deputy spotted her driving the wrong way down a street in Punta Gorda.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was driving west on East Marion Avenue around 9:12 p.m. when they saw a grey SUV driving east on the same road.
East Marion is a one-way street with signs saying so, deputies said.
The deputy slammed on their breaks and pulled over to the right to avoid crashing into the car. The grey SUV kept driving east, according to a report.
Once the deputy pulled over the car, the driver, later identified as 39-year-old Melinda Harrison, apologized for driving the wrong way. When the deputy asked her where she was, she said “Venice.”
During the interaction, Harrison became “increasing agitated and belligerent” according to an arrest report. The deputy soon smelled alcohol coming from the car and noticed her eyes were bloodshot and watery.
Harrison’s young son was in the backseat of the car, CCSO said. Another deputy eventually got to the scene to watch the child.
When Harrison was told to get out of the car, she did so, and said she “only had one drink.” She also said her son had been with her for hours.
As the second deputy was watching the child, they noticed a Svedka vodka bottle from under the front seat. When they pointed a flashlight at the bottle, the young boy said “that’s mommy’s drink.”
After completing sobriety tests, Harrison was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as child abuse without great bodily harm.
Harrison’s sister went to the scene to pick up the boy.
When she got to jail, Harrison refused to take a breathalyzer test twice.