A woman in Brooksville was arrested and charged with DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident according to a story on the webste of the Tampa Tribune,TBO.com. Johannie Gonzalez was booked into the Hernando County jail and her bond was set at $2,100. The incident took place Monday evening.
The 40-year-old woman is accused of backing her car out of her driveway near a Brooksville intersection. She allegedly crashed into another vehicle that was passing through the intersection at California Street and Powell Road. Gonzalez did not stop and was pulled over by a deputy.
Gonzalez’s silver Ford was apparently positively ID’ed by the victims of the car accident. When Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies approached Gonzalez they report noticing that she was visibly impaired. They also reported her clothes were torn to the point that her chest was somewhat exposed through her shirt. Her clothing was also reportedly dirty. Gonzalez preformed field sobriety tests, which sheriff’s report she failed. The woman did not consent to a breath test.
The official charges filed against Gonzalez following her Hernando County arrest were leaving the scene of an accident and DUI with property damage. Assuming there are no injuries involved with the accident, Gonzalez’s DUI charge will most likely be a misdemeanor. A charge of Dui with property damage, while not a felony charge, still does carry with it a possibility of jail time as part of the punishment. If Gonzalez is convicted or pleads to the charge she could also be liable for paying restitution for damages to the property or and injuries caused by her drunk driving. The companion ticket received by Gonzalez for hit-and-run adds another element to her case making it more complicated and making her need for a qualified DUI attorney even more important.