A suspected drunk driver led officers in a (literal) merry dance after being asked to walk the line during a roadside sobriety test. The 38-year-old accused MPs of being like her former ballet teachers and decided to perform traditional Irish dance moves instead of walking in a straight line as instructed. The woman “had difficulty following directions and was unsteady on her feet, nearly falling,” according to arrest documents. The whole incident was filmed – here’s what happened.
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According to deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, the Madeira Beach woman had crashed into another car just a mile from her home. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, she reportedly showed signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils. The video shows the woman receiving direct instructions from a deputy and struggling to follow them. Keep reading to see the video.
At one point in the video, a deputy asks, “Do you want to be careful so I can give you instructions?” The belligerent woman responds with, “Yeah, well, you look like my ballet coach.” She then took five shaky steps along the police line before launching into questionable ballet moves. “That wasn’t the exercise I was demonstrating,” the deputy told him. The woman continued her ballet with a dubious Irish folk dance/ballet hybrid.
The woman’s dance audition didn’t quite work out – she was charged with driving under the influence, damaging property and refusing to submit to tests. This is the second time the woman in question has refused the test after being suspected of drunk driving following a first incident in Pinellas County on March 3, 2019. as well.
A cup of suspicious liquid
Deputies say they found a white cup in the woman’s car containing a light yellow liquid that smelled of alcohol. According to arrest documents, the woman “had difficulty following directions and was unsteady on her feet, nearly falling.” Florida’s Open Containers Act prohibits anyone from driving with an open container of alcohol in the car. This applies not only to the driver but also to other passengers, and is applied even if the car is parked.
Refuse to be tested
It may take some time before the woman is allowed to hit the road again. Besides being his second offence, refuse a blood, breath, or urine test in Florida can result in 18-month driver’s license suspension and other serious penalties. “Any person who accepts the privilege granted by the laws of this state to drive a motor vehicle in this state shall, by driving such vehicle, be deemed to have given consent to submit to any approved chemical or physical test, including, but without limitation, an infrared light test of their breath for the purpose of determining the alcohol content of their blood or breath if the person is lawfully arrested for any offense allegedly committed while driving or was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages,” the law reads.