Florida Highway Patrol jailed an Florida woman under allegations she was drunk behind the wheel when she struck a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office patrol car twice before driving away.
Trooper Bradley Kibbey took 68-year-old Nancie Margaret Young into custody from the Walgreens parking lot near U.S. 19 and State Road 44 in Crystal River.
According to Young’s arrest report, Kibbey was dispatched to the intersection in response to a hit-and-run collision involving a sheriff’s office cruiser.
When Kibbey arrived, the trooper found multiple sheriff’s office patrol vehicles surrounding a gold Buick Century stopped in a northbound lane of U.S. 19 with heavy damaged to its front end.
Deputy Ryan Reeder told the trooper he was driving north on U.S. 19 near West Venable Street when the Buick rear-ended his marked cruiser, according to Florida Highway Patrol crash and arrest reports.
Reeder said he pulled off onto the center median, where the Buick struck his patrol car a second time before continuing north on the highway.
When the Buick stopped at U.S. 19 and S.R. 44, Reeder and Deputy Michael Felton removed its driver — later identified as Young — from the vehicle and detained her.
Reeder’s lieutenant transported him to Bayfront Health ER Citrus Hills after the deputy began complaining of neck pain. Young was uninjured.
When Kibbey went to question Young, the trooper noticed she had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol around her.
Young kept interrupting Kibbey and shaking her head as the trooper read her Miranda rights. When Kibbey asked her if she understood her rights, Young kept saying “no” before saying she was “just kidding around,” according to her arrest report.
“She then kept going off subject,” Kibbey wrote in Young’s arrest report, “asking if she hurt anyone and what the (deputy’s) name is that she hit.”
Young then agreed to speak with Kibbey, telling the trooper she was coming from a flea market, and had consumed two shots of vodka with some orange juice.
According to her arrest report, Young began to perform Kibbey’s field sobriety tasks but refused to finish in the midst of the first task. When Kibbey tried to place handcuffs on her, Young pulled away, requiring Felton to assist.
Young was arrested on a third-degree felony of leaving a crash scene involving injuries, and misdemeanors charges of DUI with property damage and resisting law enforcement without violence. Her bond was set at $4,000.
Young told Kibbey at the Citrus County jail she couldn’t take a Breathalyzer test because of her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, according to her arrest report.