Heather Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine, Florida was arrested Wednesday after she was accused of driving drunk, news sources report. Harley-Davidson, 49, was booked into the St. John’s County Jail on charges of driving under the influence. She also reportedly received a ticket for failing to maintain a single lane. Harley-Davidson was later released from jail on $1,000 bail. The press did not specify an attorney for her.
According to reports, the incident occurred late Wednesday in the 5500 block of Florida State Road A1A in St. Augustine. An officer in the area reportedly spotted a 2001 Silver Lincoln Continental veering across lanes of traffic; the vehicle continued to veer as the officer pulled it over, sources allege.
The officer approached the vehicle and found Harley-Davidson behind the wheel, reports say. The officer asked Harley-Davidson for her license, but she had a difficult time finding the ID card in her bag, sources allege. “While I was observing her fumble to get her license out, she got upset and tossed the whole purse at me through the window,” the officer reportedly noted in his report.
Based on reports, Harley-Davidson had trouble standing upright, slurred as she spoke, and smelled of alcohol. The officer had Harley-Davidson step out of her car for sobriety testing, sources say. Reports say she could not stand properly. The officer had her fill out a document, during which time she nearly fell to the ground, reports allege.
The officer reportedly had Harley-Davidson walk to a nearby parking lot so they could safely conduct a field sobriety test. As she walked, Harley-Davidson nearly fell again, sources indicate. At that point, Harley-Davidson allegedly became angry and she told the officer that she did not want to take the test. The officer supposedly asked Harley-Davidson to submit to a breathalyzer test three different times; she reportedly refused. It is not clear whether Harley-Davidson actually admitted to having anything to drink before driving.
When the officer placed Harley-Davidson in the back of his patrol car, she became agitated, sources say. For her safety, the officer took Harley-Davidson to the Flagler Hospital. According to reports, at the hospital, “Harley-Davidson went from (being) combative and using abusive language to continual crying and sobbing.”
The officer transported Harley-Davidson from the hospital to the jail once she was determined to be medically sound. Sources say she was not belligerent during that transfer. It does not appear as though anyone was injured during the incident, either by Harley-Davidson’s driving or allegedly erratic behavior.
St. Johns County is home to nearly 200,000 people, making it one of Florida’s smaller counties by population. Despite its relatively small size, the county was home to 1,220 traffic accidents in 2010, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. 21 people were killed and 1,357 were injured in St. Johns crashes that year. Intoxicated driving was responsible for 156 crashes in St. Johns County in 2010, records show. Seven St. Johns residents were killed and 132 were injured in those crashes.