DUI suspect 'didn't remember any crashes,' 'couldn't remember' phone number, police say

DUI suspect ‘didn’t remember any crashes,’ ‘couldn’t remember’ phone number, police say

(As originally published, Wed, February 7th 2024)

SARASOTA, Fla. (TND) — A woman who was accused in a DUI hit-and-run was back behind bars for allegedly violating the terms of her release.

Jill Marie Mazzoni was first arrested after two crashes on April 26 of last year in Sarasota County, Fla., and the details are disturbing.

Her arrest report said she made a bad turn in a white Kia and “traveled into the side of the Jeep Wrangler.

“After the collision, the driver of the white Kia continued to strike the Jeep Wrangler as it was stopped.

“The driver of the white Kia then left the scene. Part of the white Kia’s front bumper was located” more than a mile away.

“Upon my arrival,” a sheriff’s deputy wrote, “the driver was passed out behind the wheel with the keys inside the ignition. I pulled the driver side open. I woke up the driver.”

Then, inside the car, “I observed blue airplane vodka bottles on the floorboard by the defendant’s feet.

“The defendant was extremely lethargic and slow. The defendant was slurring her speech and couldn’t keep her eyes open.

“I told the defendant to exit the vehicle and to take off her seat belt several times. The defendant eventually unbuckled her seat belt.

“I told the defendant to exit the vehicle and she grabbed onto the door and was slow to move. The defendant just paused there, sitting sideways with her feet out the door.

“The defendant eventually pulled herself up and I told her to walk back to the rear of her vehicle and then to the front of my patrol vehicle.

“As the defendant started to walk, she almost fell forward to the ground. I had to grab the defendant’s arms to prevent her from falling to the ground.

“I escorted her to the front of my patrol vehicle. The defendant was slurring her speech, and I couldn’t understand her.

“I asked the defendant for her phone number, and she couldn’t remember it.

“The defendant kept her head slumped over. The defendant stumbled to the side, almost falling again, where I had to grab her by her arm.”

Then, after being read her rights, “The defendant advised she didn’t remember any crashes that she was involved in.

“I asked the defendant how much alcohol she had to drink, and she stated I don’t know.

“I asked the defendant what she was drinking and when I told her about the vodka bottles, she stated yes.

“The defendant didn’t know what county she was in, what today’s date was, or what day of the week.

“The defendant stated she urinated herself two days ago.”

Eventually, “The defendant advised she left the scene due to being scared.”

DUI suspect 'didn't remember any crashes,' 'couldn't remember' phone number, police say
Jill Marie Mazzoni was arrested on warrants from a DUI hit-and-run, Jan. 30, 2024. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Considering her condition, “I explained to the defendant that I wouldn’t have her participate in standard field sobriety exercises due to safety issues with her standing.

“The defendant was being admitted to the hospital, so I was unable to get a breath test.

“I asked the defendant if she would provide a blood sample and the defendant agreed.” That took place at the hospital.

Also, according to the arrest report, “Prior to this crash, there was another hit and run crash that occurred in Venice jurisdiction, where the white Kia backed into a black BMW; however, the complainant didn’t want to do anything about it.”

And, in the Comments section, “Blood or dirt showing on shirt. Soiled driver seat and pants.”

Mazzoni was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with damage without giving information, DUI with property damage, and DUI-2nd offense. The arrest report said she was convicted of DUI in West Virginia in 2016.

The next week, the DUI charge was dropped, and Mazzoni was “placed on moderate Supervised Pretrial Release” with special conditions of “no drugs, no alcohol, and random drug and alcohol testing.”

A Supervision Progress Report from June 27 said she missed five appointments.

Mazzoni, 55, was arrested last Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Sumter County, on warrants. She was released on bail after about 18 hours.

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