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Suspected drunk driver stopped in Mercedes-Benz with unprescribed pills

A Leesburg woman was arrested after being stopped in a Mercedes-Benz for suspected drunk driving.

Sharon Duggs Williams
Sharon Duggs Williams

An officer responded to Pine Ridge Dairy and Rooks Avenue to help another officer with a traffic stop, later found to involve 53-year-old Sharon Duggs Williams, around 6:55 p.m. Sunday, according to an arrest report from the Fruitland Park Police Department. 

Upon arrival, the other officer advised that he was conducting a different traffic stop when the dark Mercedes-Benz he currently had stopped drove into oncoming traffic, almost causing a head on collision. The assisting officer approached the driver, Williams, and noticed that she had glassy eyes and seemed to be slurring her speech. He could also smell the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle, the report said. 

Officers subsequently asked Williams to get out of the vehicle and walk back to the front of one of their patrol vehicles. She swayed when she walked and had a hard time keeping her balance. Due to her actions and their observations, the officers believed that she may be under the influence of alcohol, the report said. 

As a result, the officers asked Williams if she would consent to participating in field sobriety exercises to which she explained she would do anything. The report noted that while performing the one leg stand, she had to drop her leg three times and restart because she forgot the instructions. She was placed under arrest and put into a patrol vehicle after completing the exercises, the report said. 

While conducting an inventory of the Mercedes Benz, one of the officers found a small white pill inside Williams’ purse. There was another of the same pills inside a pocketbook she had. These pills had M523 and 10/325 printed on them, which were later found to be Acetaminophen and Oxycodone. She did not have a prescription on hand for the schedule two controlled substance, the report said. 

One of the officers tried to read Williams her rights, but she refused to answer if she understood them. The officers told her she needed to carry the prescription while in possession of a controlled substance and was being charged with it. The report noted that also inside her vehicle was an open top cup and a thermo-style cup that both smelled like an alcoholic beverage. 

Williams was then taken to the Leesburg Police Department without incident to conduct a breath sample. She consented and gave two samples, one with a blood alcohol level of .137g/210L and the other with .144g/210L. She was next transported to Lake County Jail without incident, the report said. 

While at the jail, one of the officers asked Williams if she would sign a citation to which she advised that she would not sign anything given to her. She ultimately refused to sign a DUI citation, a criminal citation for refusing to sign a criminal citation and a civil citation for failure to drive in a single lane, the report said. 

Williams was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (acetaminophen), DUI and refusing to sign a criminal citation. She was released from jail after posting $4,000 bond. 

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