RJ Gator’s bartender sentenced after bargaining down drunk driving charge

Kayla Jean Hobbs

An RJ Gator’s bartender was sentenced this week after bargaining down a drunk driving charge.

Kayla Jean Hobbs, 29, had been behind the wheel of a Dodge pickup at about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 29 when a Wildwood police officer spotted the vehicle stopped at County Road 209 and County Road 466. When the officer spoke with Hobbs, the smell of alcohol was detected. Hobbs claimed she’d only had one drink. She also was “uncooperative” with the police officer.

A vehicle pulled up, driven by Hobbs’ boss at the popular Lake Sumter Landing restaurant. The boss said she could give Hobbs a ride home or take her to her house. However, Hobbs began to argue with her boss, the report indicated. Hobbs refused to participate in field sobriety exercises and would not submit to a breath test. She was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

This week in Sumter County Court, Hobbs pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving. She also entered a guilty plea to the charge of refusing to submit to a breath test.

She has been placed on six months probation and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.