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Pair of women arrested after vehicle strays onto railroad tracks in Wildwood

Amanda Rose Kitchin
Amanda Rose Kitchin

A pair of women was arrested after their vehicle strayed onto railroad tracks in Wildwood.

Amanda Rose Kitchin, 27, of Leesburg, was driving a gray 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe at about 2:30 a.m. Monday when she failed to navigate a turn onto Mill Street from Kilgore Street and drove onto the CSX railroad tracks. Her vehicle was stationary on the tracks before she turned around and exited the tracks, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department. During a subsequent traffic stop, an officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Kitchin stumbled out of the vehicle and had to use her arms for balance. She was “very lethargic” and had “droopy eyelids.” She admitted she had smoked marijuana about two hours earlier. Kitchin also said she “regularly smokes marijuana to help her with her anxiety and upset stomach issues,” the officer wrote in the arrest report.

She failed field sobriety exercises and provided a breath sample that registered .000. She also provided a urine sample.

Mary Katharine Butler
Mary Katharine Butler

Kitchin was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and ticketed on a charge of careless driving. She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $500 bond.

A passenger, 24-year-old Mary Katharine Butler of Fruitland Park, was found to be in possession of syringes and heroin. She was arrested on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug equipment. She was booked at the jail and released after posting $3,000 bond.

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