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Drunk driver arrested again after DUI sentencing earlier this month

An Ocala woman was arrested for drunk driving Wednesday after having been sentenced earlier this month for doing the same thing in Leesburg.

Alisha Lattin
Alisha Shantell Lattin

Alisha Shantell Lattin, 35, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and six months with a suspended license on Nov. 7. Back in late October, she was arrested while passing through Leesburg when she was involved in a traffic crash. She drank two shots of Hennessy prior to the accident.

On Wednesday evening, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a reckless driver later identified as Lattin. The caller advised there was a grey Toyota Camry that hit the Interstate 75 off ramp and pulled into the Shell gas station on C 470 in Lake Panasoffkee, according to an arrest report from SCSO.

Upon arrival at the scene, the deputy observed the vehicle described by the caller in the parking lot of the gas station. It was parked at an angle very close to the guardrail. It was also still running with its lights on, the report said.

The deputy got closer to the vehicle and saw damage to the left driver-side rear panels where it looked to have hit something. He then spoke with Lattin, who appeared to be sleeping, as she sat in the driver’s seat, the report said.

Lattin kept stating she had a DUI before and pulled over to sleep so she would not get into trouble. The deputy could smell the odor of alcohol coming from her as she did so. She then turned off the vehicle, opened the door, stepped out and stumbled toward the deputy while saying she wanted to go sit somewhere else, the report said.

The deputy asked Lattin to sit back in the vehicle so she did not fall as another deputy arrived on scene. They asked if she was willing to participate in field sobreity exercises, but she refused. At that point, she was asked to step out of the vehicle, the report said.

Lattin refused and tensed up, causing the deputies to use minimal force to detain her and guide her hands behind her back without harming her. Once placed in the back of a patrol vehicle, Lattin took her handcuff off and kept hitting the door. She was placed on a resistant device due to her still being uncooperative and resistant, the report said.

Lattin postured and continued to resist the deputies’ efforts until she finally gave up and was restrained. She also refused to sign the traffic citation she was issued, the report said.

As a result, Lattin was charged with DUI, resisting without violence and refusal to sign a criminal citation. She was transported to the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $2,500 bond.

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