Jacqueline Walters Danforth was arrested in Naples, Florida after she was found drunk behind the wheel of a parked vehicle, news sources report. Danforth, 44, is the daughter of celebrity journalist Barbara Walters. Danforth was booked into the county jail on charges of DUI; she was later released after posting $1,000 bail bond. It is unclear whether Danforth has hired a defense attorney.
According to reports, Barbara Walters adopted Danforth as a baby. In the past, Walters has publicly discussed Danforth’s struggles with drug abuse. It is not currently clear whether Danforth has been arrested on drug or alcohol-related charges in the past.
The alleged incident occurred Sunday alongside Interstate 75 in Naples. A Collier County Officer found Danforth and her passenger in a SUV parked along the highway. The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with its occupants; sources say Danforth was behind the steering wheel. Danforth and her passenger were asked to exit the vehicle, but both of them had trouble walking, reports say.
The officer requested that Danforth take a field sobriety test, but she refused, reports say. The officer placed her under arrest and took her to jail. A breathalyzer test administered at the jail showed that Danforth’s blood alcohol level was 0.218, much higher than the legal driving limit of 0.08, reports say.
In other news, Natasha Myers of Wesley Chapel was arrested Tuesday after she was accused keying an SUV, reports say. Myers, 23, was booked into the Land O’Lakes Jail on charges of criminal mischief. Her bail was set at $5,000. It is not yet known whether Myers has obtained legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred around noon on April 17 at Publix, located on State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The SUV’s driver, Debra Streets, parked the vehicle outside of the store. Myers, who reportedly thought that Streets had cut her off, used a key to scratch the paint off the vehicle’s passenger-side door, reports indicate. Sources say that Myers also used the key to scratch an image of male genitalia on the SUV’s hood.
After she allegedly vandalized the vehicle, Myers went into the Publix and asked for a post-it note from the service counter, reports say. Myers allegedly wrote on the post-it, “Hey I keyed your car. You didn’t stop for pedestrians, as is law. Since no cop to enforce a ticket, this should cover the cost of your fine. Have a good day. P.S. Don’t be a [expletive].” Myers then took the note and affixed it to the SUV’s windshield.
Streets emerged from the Publix shortly after and found the note and damage; she immediately contacted police. Police looked over surveillance video at the Publix and found footage of a suspect keying the SUV, asking for the note, and putting said note on the victim’s windshield. Officers questioned Streets, who said she had no quarrels with pedestrians that day. She said she entered the Publix parking lot from the back, where there are typically few to no pedestrians.
Officers were somehow able to track Myers down to her home. She reportedly admitted to keying the victim’s vehicle.