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Driver who blamed ’15 DUI crash on dog jailed after another drunken mishap

Christina Lamoreaux

A driver who blamed a 2015 drunk driving crash on her dog has been jailed after another drunken mishap.

Christina Lamoreaux, 37, who lives in the PepperTree Apartments in Wildwood, was arrested Monday night after a crash at about 7:15 p.m. at the entrance to Oxford Oaks on U.S. 301, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. A Wildwood police officer also responded to the scene of the crash and found an open container of alcohol in Lamoreaux’s Volkswagen.

When a deputy approached Lamoreaux, she was in the driver’s seat talking on the phone. Her eyes were bloodshot and there was an odor of alcohol coming from her breath.

She performed poorly in field sobriety exercises and refused to provide a breath sample.

Lamoreaux in 2015 had been involved in a hit-and-run accident at Club Wildwood. She attempted to blame her dog for that crash and ordered law enforcement to take her dog into custody – rather than her. She pleaded no contest on Oct. 29, 2015 to a charge of driving under the influence, lost her license for one year and was placed on 12 months probation. She was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Lamoreaux won early termination of her probation on July 21, 2016 after providing proof of completion of community service and proof of restitution.

After Monday night’s arrest on a charge of driving under the influence, Lamoreaux was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center. She was released after posting $2,000 bond. She was also cited for having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle.

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