Ambulance crew helps nab DUI suspect driving in wrong direction in Villages

Joy Hunt
Joy Hunt

An ambulance crew helped apprehend a drunk driving suspect who had been driving a car with two flat tires in the wrong direction Tuesday night near Eisenhower Recreation Center.

The Rural/Metro 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 the car driven by 76-year-old Joy Lorraine Hunt of the Village of Buttonwood. 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.

She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on a charge of DUI. Bond was set at $1,000.