77-year-old Villager to lose driver’s license as result of drunk driving arrest

Joy Loraine Hunt

A 77-year-old Villager will lose her driver’s license for six months as the result of a drunk driving arrest earlier this year.

Joy Loraine Hunt of the Village of Buttonwood entered a plea of no contest to a charge of driving under the influence on Tuesday in Sumter County Court.

An ambulance crew helped apprehend Hunt who had been driving a car with two flat tires in the wrong direction April 18 near Eisenhower Recreation Center. The Sumter County Ambulance crew spotted the car at about 9:30 p.m. driving south in the northbound lane of Buena Vista Boulevard. When a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene, an EMT was standing directly in front of Hunt’s car. The ambulance crew had stopped Hunt, and immediately determined she was intoxicated.

A deputy asked Hunt where she was coming from and she responded by saying, “from the bar.” The deputy then asked Hunt if she had been drinking and she replied, “A lot, I shouldn’t be driving.”

She attempted to perform field sobriety exercises, but gave up.

“I’m too drunk to do that, just take me to jail,” she said.

She later provided two breath samples that each registered .181 blood alcohol content.

In addition to the loss of her license, Hunt has been placed on probation for one year. She was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.