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Tipster calls 911 to report intoxicated diner at Outback Steakhouse in Leesburg

Diane Jones
Diane Jones

A tipster called 911 to report an intoxicated diner at the Outback Steakhouse in Leesburg, leading to the woman’s arrest.

Leesburg police officers were dispatched Tuesday night to the restaurant on U.S. Hwy. 441 where they found a Hyundai passenger car in the parking lot with its engine running. The sole occupant of the SUV, 64-year-old Diane Lisa Jones, appeared to be trying to sleep. When Jones rolled down the window, an  officer could see that her eyes were glassy. She became very talkative and told the officer that her husband was on the way to pick her up, according to the arrest report. The officer also noted in the report that Jones appeared to be confused and was unable to properly form sentences.

When asked about alcohol consumption, she admitted to having four glasses of wine. She had difficulty getting out of the vehicle, staggered and needed to use the car for support.

She was asked to perform field sobriety exercises, but refused and was placed under arrest. She was taken to the Leesburg Police Department where she would not follow directions when asked to provide a breath sample.

The South Carolina native was charged with driving under the influence (first offense) and was taken to the Lake County Jail. She was released after posting $1,000 bond.

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