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Tito’s vodka and cranberry juice lead to rear-end crash

Bethanne Kathleen Wilkins
Bethanne Kathleen Wilkins

A Clermont woman who said she had been drinking Tito’s vodka and cranberry juice was charged with DUI after rear-ending a vehicle in Leesburg.

Bethanne Kathleen Wilkins, 36, also admitted to having Adderall in her possession at the time of the wreck, which happened around 1 a.m. Sunday in the area of U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 33.

The officer who responded to the crash scene saw Wilkins’ vehicle had heavy front-end damage, while the other vehicle had heavy rear-end damage. The other driver was taken to UF Health Leesburg with minor injuries, according to the arrest report from the Leesburg Police Department.

While conducting the investigation, the officer detected the strong odor of alcohol emitting from Wilkins, who said she was on her way home to Clermont from Leesburg. She told the officer she had consumed “Tito’s and cranberry” and only had one or two drinks. Wilkins said she thought she had stopped but instead hit the other vehicle from behind. She was unsure how the crash occurred, the report said.

Wilkins had several lacerations on her face and lower lip from the airbag and she complained of pain. She was taken to UF Health Leesburg but refused medical treatment and asked to leave the hospital against medical advice. Despite not being able to complete field sobriety exercises, she was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the report.

Wilkins was taken to the Leesburg police station for breath tests, and she admitted to having Adderall in her possession prior to going in. The tests were ultimately unsuccessful because pain prevented her from giving proper breaths. Wilkins agreed to have her blood drawn instead, the report said.

In addition to DUI, the Ohio native was charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was taken to the Lake County Jail and released after posting $3,000 bond.

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