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Plant City Woman Facing DUI, Aggravated Battery Charges After Allegedly Driving Over Passenger

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A Plant City woman is facing drunk driving and aggravated battery charges after police say she attempted to run over a passenger after an argument.

Hillsborough County deputies say the 38-year-old woman was driving along Interstate 4 last Thursday when she became involved in an argument with her passenger just after dusk. The defendant stopped the vehicle, and the passenger exited the vehicle and crossed to the opposite side of the interstate.

According to police, the defendant subsequently drove her vehicle with intent at the now-former passenger. They say her truck struck the pedestrian, inflicting unspecified but grievous injuries upon him, and she fled the scene in that same vehicle.

When police caught up with her a few miles away, they said she displayed the telltale signs of impairment. A breath test of the defendant allegedly registered results of 0.219% and 0.210%, which is well beyond the Florida legal standard of impairment of 0.08%.

The Florida native was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail that evening and charged with aggravated battery, driving under the influence, DUI with serious bodily injury, and leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury. She was released on bond the next evening after posting a bail of $25,000.

The passenger she allegedly injured in the incident was transported to Tampa General Hospital. Officials did not disclose any further information on the victim due to Marsy’s Law.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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