Villager behind bars again after caught illegally driving – again

Kathleen Unrath

Kathleen Unrath

A Village of Palo Alto woman is being held on $5,000 bond at the Lake County Jail following her arrest by Lady Lake police.

Kathleen Marie Unrath, 41, of 1902 Antonia Place, was arrested early Friday morning on a charge of driving while license suspended. She is classified as a habitual offender.

She has a long history of traffic-related arrests.

Unrath had been spotted driving Feb. 12 on NE 107th Boulevard at County Road 100. The Sumter County sheriff’s deputy who spotted her had arrested her one month earlier. Both times she was arrested for driving without a license. She pleaded no contest on March 9 in Sumter County Court. She was sentenced to 150 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,437.54 in fines and court costs.

In January of this year, Unrath was cited on charge of open container while a passenger in a vehicle.

On April 22, 2013, she had also offered a plea of no contest in Sumter County Court to a charge of driving while license suspended. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,100.50 in fines and court costs.

On Oct. 10, 2010, Unrath pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while license suspended. She was fined and ordered to driving school.

On Dec. 17, 2007, Unrath was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. In that case, she was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation, her driver’s license was revoked for six months, she was put on probation for one year, she was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and her vehicle was impounded for 10 days. She later violated her probation in that case.


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  1. Tina Pancoast Hagenbuch says

    I read all the comments that were left on this site. I added a few as well. Let me be clear here in saying we can not hold her parents accountable. Kathleen is a 41 year old woman. Her father was a good hardworking man that passed away in the 1980’s. Her mother also a very good woman that raised 7 children is in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s. Hold Kathleen accountable for her actions and do not judge the parents. If I lived in the Villages I would take all these comments and send them for her sentencing. If she has been sentenced already keep them anyhow why would she stop at 14 arrests?

  2. Ed Magenheimer says

    Hey Mom, it’s time for a reality check. Kathleen has been a problem for a very long time. My educated guess…she’s been to rehab numerous times, she can’t hold a job and you’ve gone through most if not all of your retirement funds on her. Tell her you love her, kick her out of your home and tell her to call you when she gets right. If you love her, that’s the path you need to take. Good luck.

  3. James Radatz says

    It’s time for the cops to go on strike. They do their jobs, Criminals (yes, she is a criminal ‘Habitual law breaker’). then the insane, useless judges let these inept off with just a slap on the wrist. It’s time for these judges to do what we pay them to do. Keep the criminals off the streets for good.

    • Tina Pancoast Hagenbuch says

      Hello. I understand your anger but it is displaced. Her parents are neither blind, stupid or weak.. Mom has Alzheimer’s disease and is in a nursing home. Her father passed away before she was a teen. We are speaking of a 41 year old adult. She has multiple arrests easy to find on the internet I hope all of these posts find the judge that is to sentence her. If I lived in the community and felt as everyone seems to I would make damn sure the judge knew how everyone felt.

    • Ann Eggleston says

      We sure will. Just hope it isn’t when she kills someone. Her parents must be so proud. And spineless. Loving your kids is one thing but to allow this is unconsionable.

      • Tina Pancoast Hagenbuch says

        Please. Kathleen is an adult of 41 years old. Her father passed away before she was an adult and her mother is in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s disease. I have a suggestion to all the people who are sick of her behavior. Take all of these posts to the judge or send them to him for her sentencing.

    • David Ramp says

      Of course we will. PARENTS – she is so smart kick her out and make her support herself. STOP enablng her. COURTS: TAKE her car, take her parents golf cart, take her parents car. MOSTLY: LEAVE THE VILLAGES.

  4. Gloria Dipinto says

    Well now there you have it { no license – no insurance – no problem } . This is a great example of why we need more information before entering the voting booth explaining the virtues of potential judges and not voting on whether they are republican or democrat .

    • Bill Williams says

      Good comment Gloria, but how difficult is it to find judges records, almost impossible. That’s why we get judges that have no clue. It’s one those closed political circles.

      • Ann Eggleston says

        Be safe. Don’t vote for incumbent judged. They seem to get lax on crime. The incumnents are at the top of the ballot. You’re right, we know nothing about them so we just marl the ones at the top. I prefer to eliminate them. Soon, judges will get the idea.

  5. Jaime Baldwin says

    It seems as if our safety is all for show here in TV’s. You have a known criminal who runs from a traffic stop and they send out a helicopter and canine units for hours instead of simply impounding his car. They knew who he was. Reportedly, he wasn’t armed and dangerous. Makes no sense to me.
    Here we have repeat offenders who keep getting behind the wheel drunk and they only get a slap on the wrist. If someone can make some sense of this, feel free to enlighten me.

    • Ann Eggleston says

      I’m with you! Take the car. She obviously doesn’t have a job and her parents provide her the means to continually break the law. Take their car too. If people knew the consequence that if they let an unlicensed person drove their car, they will lose their car this would stop. If they call the police and she stole their car, have her arrested and stop nailing her out of jail giving her a soft landing zone.

  6. DianaLantana says

    This is the type of person that needs to be in treatment or jail to get a handle on her addiction. Matter of fact, this is the type of person that I would love to see move away because at any moment after too many drinks and driving she could hurt or kill someone that is totally innocent. Why do we always protect the minorities instead of the majorities.

    • Ann Eggleston says

      Her parents are just as guilty as she is. They obviously enable her. She doesn’t have a job. She can’t possibly be paying a mortgage or rent. Too many parents of deadbeats don’t have a backbone and force the rest of us to put up with them also. Disgusting.

      • Tina Pancoast Hagenbuch says

        Wrong on all counts of the parents. Since neither of her parents live there. Her father has been deceased since the 80’s. Her mother is in a nursing home. Why even if they were capable would we blame the elderly parents of an ADULT. She is a 41 year old woman. Arrested 14 times and even though she has been incarcerated repeatedly for lengthy periods nothing has changed. I would encourage the residents of the Village to send their posts to the judge that would be sentencing her.

  7. warren vedder says

    Sad to see all these habitual offenders in the news,,Another case of a ‘younger’ Villager flaunting the law…If she can’t stay off the streets by herself,then the law has to step in and keep her off, before she plows into someone and kills that person. How much jail time? Six months for starters.Give her plenty of time to think about things. There has to be an underlying reason for such actions..I hope she can find out what to do..before she or some else ends up dead.

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