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62-year-old Villager arrested after traffic crash at Lake Sumter Landing

Claire Louise Vandenberghe
Claire Louise Vandenberghe

A 62-year-old Villager was arrested after a traffic crash at Lake Sumter Landing.

Claire Louise Vandenberghe of the Village of Caroline was involved in the minor crash at about 8:20 p.m. Friday in the parking lot behind Starbucks, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation into the crash, a deputy suspected the New York native had been drinking.

She stepped off a line multiple times during field sobriety exercises and made other mistakes. When a deputy attempted to handcuff Vandenberghe, she pulled away. She was “guided to the ground” by a deputy, but she continued to resist efforts to be handcuffed. Vandenberghe cursed at deputies making the arrest and resisted efforts to be walked to a patrol car.

Vandenberghe provided breath samples that registered .150 and .142 blood alcohol content. She was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $2,000 bond.

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