Arrested despite 'way much worse things going on in the world than me,' officer says

Arrested despite ‘way much worse things going on in the world than me,’ officer says

(As originally published, Wed, January 24th 2024)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A DUI suspect was pulled over after she made a left turn on a red light and her “vehicle struck the curb while maneuvering the turn,” according to her arrest report, and the situation didn’t get any better after that.

“I could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person,” a police officer in Florida wrote about Ann Marie Civetti on the night of Jan. 6. “Ann’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot.”

Then, when “explaining the violation Ann was confused and replied with words that did not relate to the questions being asked.

“Ann was sweaty and continued stating ‘there are way much worse things going on in the world than me right now.’”

The report said Civetti performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises.

On the horizontal gaze nystagmus, “Ann stated she understood,” but then “Ann failed to follow instructions,” and the officer wrote three times: “failing to keep her head still.”

On the one leg stand and walk and turn exercise, “Ann continuously began the exercise prior to me finishing the instructions. Ann was unsteady. When she got up to step 6, she counted until 9, not actually taking steps, and stated she was done.”

On the one leg stand, “losing balance. Ann then fell backwards. The exercise was terminated for Ann’s safety.”

Civetti was arrested on suspicion of DUI and, “While headed to the jail, Ann continuously stated what she did was not bad and there were many other real criminals in the world that needed to be handcuffed.”

The breath test at the jail also didn’t go well.

Arrested despite 'way much worse things going on in the world than me,' officer says
Ann Marie Civetti was booked for DUI despite “many other real criminals in the world that needed to be handcuffed,” Jan. 7, 2024. (Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“I began the breath test and explained to Ann she needed to blow hard so the machine could recognize her breath sample,” according to the officer. “Ann began to attempt to blow but was breathing in and out, not providing a relative sample. The machine then terminated the test.”

Finally, when the officer “explained the consequences did not providing a valid breath sample, Ann stated she would have her attorney figure it out and stated she had an extraction on her tooth approximately 5 to 6 days ago.”

The 74-year-old was booked for DUI-1st offense, and released after 11 hours, in lieu of $1,000 bond.

Her Feb. 7 arraignment was canceled, and a “plea negotiation conference” was scheduled for Feb. 14.

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