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Villager’s adult daughter sentenced in golf cart DUI at town square

Hilary Jeanne Smith

A Villager’s adult daughter has been sentenced in a golf cart drunk driving arrest at Lake Sumter Landing.

Hilary Smith, 43, entered a plea of no contest this past Tuesday in Sumter County Court to charges of driving under the influence, disorderly intoxication, refusal to submit to a breath test and refusal to sign a summons. She will lose her driver’s license for a year and has been placed on probation for six months.

Smith, 42, who at the time of her arrest was living with her mother at 2193 Balsa Court in the Village of Amelia, began yelling at bartenders at a popular nightspot at the square on Dec. 1, 2019 after they refused to serve alcohol to her, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. She used profane language and threatened to kill the bartenders.

Apparently angry, Smith walked to the pavilion at the square and sat down in a chair near a plant. When a deputy approached Smith, her speech was slurred and she was having trouble operating her phone. She dropped the phone several times and nearly fell out of the chair when she tried to pick up the phone.

Smith asked the deputy to call her mother. She refused to provide her mother’s name and swore at the deputy.

A short time later, the deputy saw Smith driving a golf cart with the headlights off.

During a traffic stop, she immediately became verbally aggressive toward the deputy.

“You never had me blow and over all I’m not going to blow so therefore I’m going to lose my license for months and I’m not going to blow on my bullshit blow charges therefore my lawyer is going to say you have nothing,” Smith said.

A check revealed she had been convicted in 2005 on a charge of DUI. She also refused to provide a breath sample at that time.

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