Plea deal should've kept her free, but back in jail for not doing her end of the bargain

Plea deal should’ve kept her free, but back in jail for not doing her end of the bargain

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, February 15th 2024)

WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — A senior citizen is back behind bars — not for DUI 0.15 or higher, which was why she was arrested — but for not following through on her probation requirements.

Cathie Ann Oldham’s arrest report said police in Florida got “a complaint in reference to an intoxicated subject in a vehicle,” and they found her “seated in the driver’s seat of [a PT Cruiser] stopped in the roadway.”

It also said, “A witness advised the defendant had been driving the PT Cruiser in a reckless manner, hitting a curb and almost striking a golf cart prior to stopping in the roadway.”

Oldham was described as “unable to maintain balance and appeared to be disoriented,” and when it came to field sobriety exercises, “The defendant was unable to stand with her feet together without almost falling over multiple times.

“For the defendant’s safety, she did not continue to attempt the exercises.”

Then, in jail, “The defendant was very disoriented and did not remember what had happened.

“The defendant claimed she had been driving her golf cart and did not remember she was in a PT Cruiser.”

Plea deal should've kept her free, but back in jail for not doing her end of the bargain
Cathie Ann Oldham was booked for (from left) DUI-0.15 or higher in 2022, and for violating her probation in 2024. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Also, “The defendant claimed she appeared impaired because she was suffering from COVID-19.”

That was on Dec. 9, 2022.

Cathie Ann Oldham's plea agreement, filed March 21, 2023. (Sumter Co. Clerk of Courts) by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

A few months later, Oldham pleaded no contest, and she agreed to a year of probation and other requirements.

But by January of this year — more than a year later, when she should’ve been finishing probation — court documents show violations of five conditions:

Affidavit showing Violation of Probation, filed Jan. 8, 2024. (Sumter Co. Clerk of Courts) by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

  • completion of DUI school;
  • completion of substance abuse evaluation / treatment if recommended;
  • completion of random substance testing;
  • completion of 80 community service hours or payment of $800; and
  • failure to pay $481 in fines vines and fees.

Order denying Cathie Ann Oldham's motions, remanding her to jail, filed Feb. 1, 2024. (Sumter Co. Clerk of… by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

Oldham filed a motion to terminate her probation, but a judge denied it.

She also filed a motion for the judge to set bond, so she could stay out of jail, but that too was denied.

On Feb. 1, he was remanded into the custody of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Notice of Violation of Probation hearing, filed Feb. 5, 2024. (Sumter Co. Clerk of Courts) by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

Oldham, 72, has a violation of probation hearing set for March 7.

Her original charge of DUI 0.15 or higher was a second-degree misdemeanor; not even a felony.

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