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Local car saleswoman sentenced in tirade aimed at police officers

Sheriff Lowe

A woman who sells cars at a prominent local auto dealership has been sentenced in connection with a tirade earlier this year aimed at police officers.

Sheriff Lowe, 28, who works in sales at Jenkins Mazda in Ocala and lives on Eagles Nest Road in Fruitland Park, has been sentenced to six months probation after pleading no contest earlier this month in Lake County Court to a charge of resisting arrest. The judge also ordered Lowe to perform 20 hours of community service, giving her the option to “buy out” of the community service at a rate of $10 per hour. The judge stipulated that if she completed her community service by mid-June, she would not have to serve her six-month probation sentence. Court records indicate Lowe fully paid the $775 covering community service and other court fees. 

Lowe had been a passenger in a speeding vehicle that was pulled over shortly after 1 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Walmart in Fruitland Park, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Roberto Jose Ribeca of Inverness, was suspected of driving under the influence. The car he was driving is owned by Lowe.

Lowe began vomiting because she was highly intoxicated, therefore EMS personnel were summoned to the scene to evaluated her, the report said. She was uncooperative and said she did not want help.

Ribeca was arrested on a DUI charge and Lowe began using her phone to record law enforcement.

“She began yelling at us to not take Mr. Ribeca to jail and take her instead,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

Law enforcement advised Lowe to call someone to pick her up. She refused to do so and continued yelling at the deputies and Fruitland Park police officers who were at the scene. When officers began to take an inventory of her car, she began “running” toward them and said they had “no reason” to enter her vehicle. She was again instructed to call someone to pick her up.

When Lowe was taken into custody on a charge of obstruction and was being escorted to a patrol car, she asked that her mother be called to pick her up. The report noted that Lowe had been given at least six chances to make a phone call for a ride prior to being arrested. As she was being driven to the Lake County Jail, she vomited in the back of the patrol car. She called the deputy names and asked if he was “proud” of himself.

Ribeca’s DUI case is still pending in court.

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