Kimberly Gae Equatore was arrested in Ocala, Florida and charged with DUI. She was passed out behind the wheel of her truck with her 4 year old son in the front seat. A Marion County Deputy Sheriff found Mrs. Equatore and tried to administer a field sobriety test. She refused to complete the test or undergo a breath test. Three small bottles of vodka were found in the vehicle. Florida criminal law allows for the arrest of a person who is suspected of DUI if the person has control of the vehicle. The law applies even if the vehicle is not moving. This applies even if the engine is not on.
This story shows the dangers of drinking and driving. Many drivers on Florida roads ignore the safety of others including themselves and their children. It is absolutely true that drinking and driving do not go together in any form. Thankfully, the Marion County Deputy Sheriff arrived on the scene to prevent a true disaster from happening – theinjury or death of child and others resulting from a driver under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs. Of course, Mrs. Equatore will have the representation of a criminal defense attorney or public defender. She is innocent until proven guilty but things do not look so good for Mrs. Equatore based on the facts presented in this news story.