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Villager dressed in Santa leggings arrested after drunken attack on husband

Gloria Miller

A Villager dressed in festive holiday attire was arrested after an alleged drunken attack on her husband.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was dispatched at about 5:30 p.m. Monday to the altercation which was taking place near Mile Marker 293 on the Florida Turnpike in Lake County. A 911 call had been received from the husband of 54-year-old Gloria Joanne Miller of the Village of Osceola Hills indicating his wife was intoxicated and beating on the windows of their white Nissan Rogue.

When the trooper arrived, he spotted Miller, who was wearing a red shirt, Santa leggings and no shoes. She reportedly broke her husband’s glasses and had been locked out of the vehicle. She used profane language to describe her husband and said they had been heading to a Christmas party. She appeared to be intoxicated.

EMS personnel were summoned to the scene.

Miller’s husband had suffered a cut near his right eyebrow that was bleeding, according to the arrest report. He said they had been heading to a Christmas Party at Lake Ridge Winery in Clermont. He said when they arrived at the winery, no one was there and they must have had the wrong location. He said that is when his wife began screaming at him.

“My wife was drunk before we got to the winery,” he added.

After the winery mixup, he began driving again. She began hitting him and he “lost control of the vehicle many times.” He said she knocked off his glasses and he pulled to the side of the road. She got out of the vehicle, so he locked the doors and called 911.

The native New Yorker claimed her husband had “punched” her and she was trying to defend herself.

Miller, who stands 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds, asked how she could have “beat up” her husband, who she said stands 6 feet tall.

Miller was initially taken to Orlando Health Blue Cedar. She was arrested on a charge of domestic battery and booked at the Lake County Jail. She was released after posting $500 bond.

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