Driver arrested after vehicle strays into golf cart lane in Village of Rio Ponderosa

Erica Renee Cooper

A woman was arrested after her vehicle strayed into the golf cart lane while traveling in the Village of Rio Ponderosa.

Erica Renee Cooper, 32, had been pulled over at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday when a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy was investigating a complaint of a reckless driver in the vicinity of San Marino Drive and San Jose Place.

Cooper appeared to be “drowsy and sluggish” and had “slurred speech,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report. She seemed to be “nodding off” while speaking with the deputy.

The Lexington, Ky., native was invited to participate in field sobriety exercises and was asked if she had any physical impairments. She mentioned she had a broken toe, but did not think it would prevent her from completing the exercises. She added that she is employed as a waitress and the broken toe had not stopped her from working. She struggled through the field sobriety exercises and was “swaying back and forth,” the arrest report said.

Cooper provided two breath samples which registered .000. She also provided a urine sample.

She was arrested on charge of driving under the influence and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center. She was released after posting $1,000 bond.

It was discovered she was also wanted on a warrant out of Kentucky.