A Villager who got off easy after a 2015 drunk driving arrest was jailed after she was spotted driving erratically and dragging a traffic barricade under her Lexus.
Barbara Davis Hubbert, 77, of the Village of Collier, repeatedly crossed the center line and ventured into oncoming traffic at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday while traveling on U.S. 301, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy noticed “an orange and white barricade dragging under the vehicle,” the the arrest report said. The vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of Morse Boulevard and State Road 44.
The deputy noticed that Hubbert’s eyes were “bloodshot and watery” when he asked her if she was aware she had struck a barricade. The deputy asked Hubbert if she had been drinking and she replied she’d had “a few glasses of wine.”
She struggled through field sobriety exercises and at one point told the deputy, “I can’t even do that when I’m sober.” She refused to provide a breath sample. She was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center.
Hubbert had been arrested in 2015 on a charge of driving under the influence after consuming mixed drinks at City Fire. She pleaded no contest to an amended charge of reckless driving. A charge of refusal to submit to chemical/physical test also was dropped in exchange for her plea to the lesser charge. Hubbert was ordered to pay $678.50 in court costs and perform 30 hours of community service.