Three Firefighters Injured
A FLORIDA WOMAN WAS CHARGED with DUI w/property damage Thursday night after she crashed her car into a Pasco County, Florida, ambulance.
Michelle Reyes, 37, jumped from her car and took off running as a deputy sheriff was approaching. WTSP-TV reported:
Reyes ran from her vehicle until a deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office was able to stop her in the parking lot of the Family Dollar. According to the deputy she smelled strongly of alcohol and said, "I was trying to find an animal hospital to save a dead cat."
Reyes continued to make statements such as, "I was trying to save a dead cat, that is the only reason I'm driving," and "I just lost control trying to find somewhere to save the cat in my car."
Upon examining the vehicle, a dead cat was lying on the passenger floorboard although it appeared to have been dead for a few hours.
Reportedly, after being asked to take a field sobriety test Reyes changed her statement saying she wasn't driving and that she did not want to talk to the officers anymore.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived on the scene a few minutes later and observed the same symptoms, slurring speech, and when asked if she had been drinking she replied, "Yeah, I normally don't drive; what would you do if you saw this cat?"
Additionally Reyes was also charged with failing to remain at a crash involving injury and driving with a revoked license. The arrest report disclosed that a records check revealed Reyes had a revoked driver's license with 14 suspensions on it, including one for DUI.
Pasco County Fire Rescue photo
The three firefighters were transported for minor injuries and later released from the hospital.
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