Woman Charged with Child Neglect, DUI, Drugs, After Car Crash with Daughter
SPRING HILL – A woman faces charges of DUI and Child Neglect, after officials say she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol with her young daughter inside the vehicle.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Samantha Molly Johns of Spring Hill, was traveling northbound on Landover Blvd, near Higate Road, when she veered off the road and struck several concrete driveways.
Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy S. Liebler pulled behind the vehicle moments after the crash and witnessed Johns get out of the damaged Chevy Cruz and sit down in a driveway with a little girl.
During the investigations, Trooper D. Lavalle noticed Johns had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, and was swaying back and forth. Johns admitted to taking Zoloft (Antidepressant) and Varamipalla (Blood Pressure Medication) prior to getting behind the wheel, but Trooper Lavelle also detected a strong odor of alcohol.
Johns failed a series of sobriety tests conducted at the scene and was taken into custody.
Johns’ daughter was turned over to her mother, the child’s grandmother, and Johns was transported to the Hernando County Jail.
A search of Johns car revealed a pink grinder containing marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue.
Trooper Lavalle says Johns was extremely violent and irrational while en route to the jail and initially refused to submit to a breathalyzer upon arrival, but later agreed.
Around 7:30 p.m. Johns submitted a breath sample which registered nearly three times the legal limit, at .209.
Johns is charged with DUI, DUI Property Damage, Child Neglect (without great bodily harm), possession of Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Johns is currently free on a $3,000 bond.
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