90.5 F
The Villages
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Village of Parkwood woman jailed after skipping court date in DUI arrest

Lucy Bee Gallantine
Lucy Bee Gallentine

A Village of Parkwood woman was jailed Tuesday after skipping a court date in a drunk driving arrest last year in The Villages.

Lucy Bee Gallentine, 35, was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center following her arrest on a warrant charging her with failure to appear.

The Pittsburgh, Pa. native was discovered sleeping at 1:20 a.m. Oct. 8 in a silver 2019 Kia Sorento parked in the drive-through lane at the Starbucks at Southern Trace Plaza.

She was “slumped over leaning on the driver’s door, passed out,” according to the arrest report. The keys were in the ignition and the vehicle was running. A deputy had to knock on the window several times before Gallentine woke up.

Gallentine said she had gone to the CVS Pharmacy to pick up medication for her son and then went to Starbucks at 9:30 p.m. to pick up an order for herself and her daughter.

“She said she saw an employee through the drive-thru window, waiting on her order, got tired of waiting, and fell asleep,” the arrest report said.

Gallentine admitted she had taken prescription Clonazepam. She appeared to be lethargic and her speech was slurred. A deputy “could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.”

She agreed to participate in field sobriety exercises and when the deputy tried to describe how to perform the exercises, “she stated she knew how to do the field sobriety exercises because her dad was a constable (police officer) in Pennsylvania,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report. Gallentine, who kicked off her flip flops and attempted to complete the exercises barefoot, could not maintain her balance.

Gallentine provided breath samples that registered .075 and .079 blood alcohol content. She also submitted a urine sample.

More Headlines
Stories in and around The Villages, Florida

Headlines
The Villages, Florida

Letters to the Editor
Opinions submitted by residents in and around The Villages

Don’t let children drive golf carts

A Village of Largo resident describes a near miss with a golf cart driven by a child. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Shorted by Walmart on the sales tax holiday

A Village of Springdale resident claims that a local Walmart charged sales tax during the sales tax holiday on items purchased in the self-checkout lane.

Keep the white crosses in your yard

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Bonita resident urges her fellow Villagers to keep their white crosses in their yards.

A message to Progressives who want police defunded

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Pine Ridge resident wonders who the Progressives will call for help if the police are defunded.

Golf carts don’t belong on roadways

A Village of Winifred resident, in a Letter to the Editor, contends that golf carts don’t belong on roadways.

Photos
The Villages, Florida