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Leesburg woman busted for DUI at Singletary Park

Miranda Ledesma
Miranda Ledesma

A Leesburg woman drunk on Long Island iced tea was charged with DUI after police found her parked under a tree at Singletary Park.

An officer responded around 8:19 p.m. to a report of a Dodge Ram pickup truck swerving across the roadway. Police were told the vehicle had pulled into and parked at the park, located at 1902 S. 14th St., according to the Leesburg Police arrest report.

Upon arrival, the officer observed the truck parked under a tree in the park. The driver, 41-year-old Miranda Ledesma, was sitting in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition and the engine running, the report said.

Ledesma’s speech was slurred as officers requested her driver’s license, and she was not able to provide it. They also asked for her name and date of birth, but her slurred speech and incoherence led to multiple attempts to get the information. Once this information was given, officers learned that Ledesma had no valid license and only an ID from North Carolina, according to the report.

Ledesma was then asked to exit the vehicle. As she did so, she was unsteady, swaying and staggering. When asked how much she had to drink, Ledesma advised she had a Long Island iced tea for lunch. The officers could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages on her breath as she answered, the report said.

Officers proceeded to ask Ledesma to participate in field sobriety exercises, to which she agreed. Based on observations of her highly intoxicated state and her performance during the exercises, the officers concluded that Ledesma was driving under the influence, the report said.

As a result, Ledesma was arrested and transported to the Leesburg Police Department for booking. She refused to submit to a breath test while there. A criminal background check revealed she had refused to submit to a breath test in March 2018 while in North Carolina, as well, according to the report.

Ledesma was subsequently charged with DUI and refusal to submit to DUI breath test. She was taken to the Lake County Jail and released after posting $6,500 bond.

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