A Village of Chatham woman got a break in a drunk driving case after refusing to provide a breath sample at the time of her arrest.
Lisa Renee Barton, 51, who lives at 8036 SE 175th Malmaison St., was arrested April 24 on U.S. Hwy. 27 in Leesburg when she was pulled over because her vehicle was swerving back and forth while traveling at a speed of 44 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. She admitted she had consumed “a few beers,” but refused to provide a breath sample. The Louisiana native was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.
However, earlier this month in Lake County Court, Barton was allowed to plead no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving. She has been placed on six months probation and she must seek a substance abuse evaluation and follow recommendations.