Woman Charged with DUI in Her Own Driveway After Ramming Garage Door

SPRING HILL – A Spring Hill woman is charged with driving under the influence, after officials say she rammed a car into the garage door of her home on Carthage Road.

According to reports, deputies were called to 9415 Carthage Road Saturday night, where they observed 45-year-old Dorothy Jane Barkley behind the wheel of a vehicle, parked in her driveway. During the investigation, it was revealed that Barkley had damaged the garage door with her vehicle. Barkley failed a battery of field sobriety exercises, despite claims that she only drank two beers earlier in the evening.

Barkley was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Barkley remains behind bars at this time, held on a $1,000 bond.

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46 comments

        1. Witnesses would also need to prove she was drunk at the time. A person has to be in the driver seat, and drunk. Otherwise you could’ve left, got drunk, then returned.

    1. Keys do NOT have to be in the ignition.. you can pull keys out and put them in the globe box, still get a D UI.
      If your batteries dead, you fall asleep in car waiting for a jump, cops pull up DUI, because someone could’ve jumped it, and you are in physical control of vehicle by being in seat… DUI-
      There’s such broad spectrum of the DUI laws, its extremely easy to get caught up in a case that seems impossible.

  1. I don’t think you can .. She’s on her own property. The police have no business going on her property unless she’s threatening someone or hurting someone.. If they didn’t see her drive ..then they have no proof she could have been trying to move it or whatever. But she’s on her own property.. Very hard for them to prove and make it stick…

    1. So you can’t be arrested for killing people, abusing your spouse, or be arrested for anything on private property? You can even open a nuclear waste disposal site if you want, just because it’s private property. Thanks for clarifying!

      Geez!!

  2. Always, Always… Take the keys out of the ignition!!! Know the Laws people! ex; Say you’re parked on the side of the road, or in this case, even in your own driveway, and you’re waiting to (sober up a bit, catch a nap or even kissing), If a LEO questions you and suspects you’ve been drinking and the keys are STILL in the ignition… You’re going to get tested and if you fail or refuse, you’re going to jail, just like this Woman!

  3. I was charged with a DUI, in my car, in my driveway… with NO KEYS! Locked myself outta the house at 3-4am, went in my car and fell asleep. I lived on a busy street, someone saw me at 8am and called 911.
    Mind you I had locked myself out of the house.. my vehicle had no keys! Charges were reduced to a wet reckless. Such BS! Never even left my house the day/night before. (FYI NEVER SIT IN THE DRIVER SEAT under influence, to put Windows up, use phone… whatever. Passenger or back seat is ok… I guess

  4. You can be sitting in your car in your own driveway listening to the radio and if your keys are in the ignition, they can give you a DUI… Ridiculous…

  5. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THIS PERSON !!!!!! WAS SHE WRONG ???? YES BUT NO ONE WILL PUT UP 100 FOR HER ?????? YOU MIGHT GET DRUNK AS WELL !!! SHE DIDNT HURT ANYONE AND THIS WILL END UP COSTING THIS WOMAN A MIN $5,000 DOLLARS

  6. Although I agree she WAS driving under the influence and should be charged, I would be willing to bet she beats the charge with a good lawyer. Most driving laws/statues pertain to public streets, public places etc. SHE WILL BEAT IT IF SHE FIGHTS IT.

  7. I agree East Pasco. If I bought 50 acres, built a small oval paved track, got drunk in my car, and drove it around the track, I seriously doubt I could be convicted of DUI. If someone saw a tire touch public property, all bets are off.

  8. ANTNY you feel sorry for her dont cause the bitch was stupid to drink and drive in the first place. She was oviously driving if she ran into her garage which means she was probaly coming home from somewhere and God forbid she was out there and ran into your family car with your family in it killing you or your family then would u feel sorry for the bitch no you would want to kill her. I hope she gets a long time in jail to think about how it could have been a lot worse.

  9. lol at the comments. apparently looking for a statute and reading is super complicated.. all the stupidity could power a major city. dis be mine own property i done do whatever i wants mentality. you cant break the law on your property and not be held accountable.

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