Elena Accetturo of Broward County, Florida was arrested on July 21 after she allegedly caused an accident while under the influence in West Palm Beach. The crash left her husband with a shattered leg.
Accetturo, 29, faces charges for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, DUI with property damage, driving with a suspended license, and battery on an officer after she allegedly punched a deputy in the stomach. She was held at Palm Beach County Jail and was released on Tuesday after posting a $12,000 bond. It is unclear if she has acquired an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the alleged crash occurred in suburban West Palm Beach at 62nd Drive North and North Jog Road. Details of the crash have not been released, but it reportedly involved a second vehicle. Her husband, Anthony Accetturo, was the only one who suffered serious injuries; his leg reportedly shattered in several places and will likely be permanently disfigured.
Deputies at the scene reported that Accetturo appeared incoherent and was unable to answer questions. She was taken to Wellington Regional Medical Center, where a nurse reportedly found a small bag of cocaine in her possession. Police confiscated the bag as evidence. After she was informed that she was being arrested, Accetturo allegedly attempted to punch an officer in the stomach. Her hand struck the officer’s body armor, causing her “a great deal of paint,” the report said.
Accetturo refused to submit to a breath test. This is the second time she has refused to give consent for the test in less than a year; she was arrested for a DUI in December and refused to take a breath test then, too, resulting in a suspended driver’s license.
Another DUI arrest was reported in North Miami earlier this month. Chelsea Halter of Biscayne Park, Florida was arrested on July 12 for driving in the wrong direction on the Palmetto Expressway and causing a chain reaction of car accidents while under the influence of alcohol.
Halter, 24, was charged with reckless driving, DUI causing injury and property damage, leaving the scene of a crash, and two misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. She was held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and was later released on bond. It is unclear if she has hired an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the alleged crash occurred after 2 a.m. on July 12 on the Palmetto Expressway. Halter purportedly drove east on westbound lanes of the expressway for almost 30 minutes before Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers were able to stop her. Four vehicles crashed as they attempted to avoid a head-on collision. None of the drivers involved were injured, but one required medical attention for neck and back pain.
The FHP officer who stopped Halter reported a “strong odor” of alcohol in her car. He wrote in the report that Halter had glassy eyes and there was a bag of marijuana and a liquor bottle visible in her car. Halter refused to submit to a breath test, but she reportedly managed to complete one field sobriety exercise before refusing to do more.