PCSO Traffic Unit arrests two for DUI over the weekend
During the weekend of May 12-14, 2017, the PCSO Traffic Unit arrested the following two people, unrelated, for driving under the influence:
44-year-old Lonnie Williams of Sebring, who is employed by G4S and works the Highlands Youth Academy (a DJJ facility), had an initial BAC of .153. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on Friday, May 12th, and bonded out. His charges were: one count DUI, one count possession of marijuana, and one count possession of paraphernalia.
40-year-old Jakhui Duren of Lake Wales, who is employed by Polk State College, was going 100 MPH in a 55 MPH zone and had an initial BAC of .230. She was booked into the Polk County Jail on Sunday, May 14th, and bonded out. She was charged with one count DUI.
The following are excerpts from the affidavits and are self-explanatory:
PHASE 2 PERSONAL CONTACT:
The suspect stated he drank it when he was at home in Sebring, Florida, and was driving to Clearwater to a friend’s house. As I was standing with the suspect I observed his eyes were bloodshot, red, and watery. His speech was slurred and he talked soft. The suspect was swaying front and back about 1-2 inches.
I asked the suspect if he would complete some tasks so I can determine if he should have been operating a motor vehicle at the time of the crash. The suspect stated he would compete the tasks. I asked the suspect if he was a diabetic or suffers from epilepsy. The suspect stated no.
I asked the suspect what he did for work the suspect stated he works as a counselor at the Highland Youth Academy. His employer is G4S.
I asked the suspect if he had any physical or mental deficiencies that would hinder him from standing, walking, and standing on one leg. The suspect stated no, he was in perfect health.
A line of white tape was laid down in the right lane of Hwy 60 for the evaluation.
PHASE 3 PRE-ARREST SCREENING / STANDARDIZED FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING:
I explained and demonstrated each task to the suspect prior to him completing the task he stated he understood the directions.
1. HGN – HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS: I observed six clues.
2. WAT- WALK AND TURN: I observed four clues.
3. OLS- ONE LEG STAND: On this task the suspect raised his right foot the suspect put his foot back down on the ground three times. The suspect hopped and raised his hands more than six inches away from his body on second 4, 5, 6, and 15.
I advised the suspect based on my observation he was being arrested and charged with DUI. The suspect was placed in the back my marked patrol unit and transported to the Polk County Jail without incident.
POST ARREST PROCEDURES / BREATH TESTING:
On May 14, 2017, at approximately 0201 hours, I was conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Highway 60 and Logistics Parkway. I observed a white car traveling eastbound on Highway 60 at what visually appeared to be a high rate of speed in the inside lane. I activated the rear antenna of my marked patrol vehicle’s radar unit. I heard a loud audible tone and the digital display read 100 miles per hour. The area of Highway 60 and Logistics Parkway is a posted 55 mile per hour zone. I performed a traffic stop on the vehicle approximately two miles east of Logistics Parkway on Highway 60 eastbound.
I made contact with the driver identified by her Florida Driver’s License to be Jakhui Dee Duren. I advised her of the reason for the stop and she stated, “I was, I thought I was doing 50.” Duren stated that the car belonged to her brother and the car goes fast anyway so she did not know she was going that fast.
I asked Duren for her license and vehicle registration. Duren pulled several papers from the glove compartment put them in her lap and stated, “What did you ask me for again?” I advised her that I needed her license and registration. Duren flipped through the papers in her lap going past the vehicle registration several times. Duren was finally able to locate the registration and handed it to me. She then sat in the car and did not produce her driver’s license as request. I again asked Duren for her driver’s license and after looking through her purse several times, Duren produced her license.
I observed Duren’s eyes to be bloodshot, glassy, and a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath and person. While speaking to Duren she was slow to respond to my questions, her speech was slurred, and her movements were slow and lethargic.
I asked Duren to step from her vehicle and walk to the rear. As Duren exited the vehicle, I observed her use the driver side door and top of the vehicle to maintain her balance. As Duren walked to the rear, she appeared unsteady on her feet and placed her left hand on the side of the vehicle as she walked. Once at the rear of the vehicle Duren leaned against the trunk of her vehicle for support as I spoke to her.
Based on my observation, I asked Duren if she would consent to a series of field sobriety test (SFST’s) and she said yes.
Prior to conducting the SFST’s, I asked Duren a series of medical questions. Duren told me she was in good health and had no injuries or conditions that would prevent her from performing any of the test. Duren denied any issues including epilepsy, diabetes, muscular and/or skeletal problems. Duren was not wearing glasses or contact lenses and did not use a prosthetic eye (glass eye). While speaking to Duren she was unsteady on her feet and swayed from side to side. I still detected a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath and person.
Pre-Arrest Screening / Standardized Field Sobriety Testing:
The SFST’s were conducted on the asphalt roadway on a level surface, where it was level and debris free. I used a white, duct-tape line for the walk and turn portion of the SFST’s. The area was adequate lighted by the headlights of the patrol vehicles and protected from traffic. Additional light beyond the patrol vehicle’s headlights were not needed.
The Standard Field Sobriety Tests conducted were the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk and Turn, and One Leg Stand. I properly explained and demonstrated each of the test to Duren. Duren advised she understood them and any questions she had I answered after each demonstration and prior to performing the test.
HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS: I observed a total of 6 clues.
WALK AND TURN: I observed 8 clues.
ONE LEG STAND: I observed 3 clues.
Post Arrest Procedures / Breath Testing:
At the conclusion of the SFST, I determined that Duren was operating a motor vehicle with in Polk County Florida and based on my training and experience was determined to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol to the point where her normal faculties were impaired. I advised Duren of the DUI charge, she advised she understood, and she was taken into custody without incident.
I arrived at Book-In located in Bartow, Florida, at approximately 0302 hours and I began a 20-minute observation period. At the conclusion of the 20-minute observation period, I requested Duren provide two samples of breath to determine the breath alcohol level, and Duren stated she would.
The breath samples showed Duren’s breathe alcohol level to be .230 G/210L / .225 G/210L. I issued Duren one Florida DUI citations A6Y6M3E. I released Duren to the custody of Book In staff to complete the booking process.