BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The fast actions of a Boca Raton Police Officer led to the arrest of 54 year old Susan Louise James of Boca who stands charged with DUI — and resisting arrest — after scary moments on several Boca Raton roads.
Police say James was — among other things — driving the wrong way on NE 7th Avenue, then attempted to elude police by pulling into her driveway and claiming an officer couldn’t arrest her on her property.
Here is the affidavit of probable cause filed in her arrest:
The vehicle was driving southbound in front of me. I observed the vehicle fail to maintain a single lane of travel. The vehicle crossed over the lane divider on numerous occasions between the 6000 block of N Federal Hwy and the intersection of N Federal Hwy and E Jeffery Street. The vehicle proceeded to make a wide left turn onto eastbound E Jeffery Street. The vehicle accelerated and then made a wide right turn to go southbound on NE 7th Ave. The vehicle drove southbound in the northbound lane on NE 7th Ave for approximately 500 feet. The vehicle continued to accelerate to approximately 40mph which I paced from the 5600 block to the 5500 block. I activated my emergency lights and sirens and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the 5500 block of NE 7th Ave.
The vehicle refused to stop until it pulled into the south driveway of 5501 Rico Dr (approximately 761 Newcastle Street). I made contact with the driver, identified by DAVID as Susan James. I informed James of my reason for stopping her and asked her where she was coming from. James advised that she is home and that I stopped her at her house. I explained to James that I followed her on Federal Hwy. James advised she had one drink and was coming from Delray Beach. While speaking with James I observed red glassy eyes, slurred speech and the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from James` person. I informed James of my observations and explained to her that I would be conducting a DUI investigation.
I told James to step out of the vehicle. James refused to step out of the vehicle. She told me I had no right stopping her in her driveway. James tried to reach back into her vehicle. Fearing she could be reaching for a weapon and due to the fact she disobeyed a lawful command, I grabbed James left arm and pulled her out of the vehicle. I told James she was under arrest for resisting. She continued to resist while I placed her arms behind her back.
James pulled her hands away and tried to turn around to face me. I escorted James onto the
ground by picking her up and gently placing her on the ground on her stomach. While on the ground it was easier to place her into handcuffs while I waited for backup to arrive. Officer Melgar arrived and I placed James into the back of my patrol vehicle.
Officer Brown arrived and searched James` person. All of James` belongings, including the vehicle, were left with her son Jonathan. Based on the above, I am charging James with DUI pursuant to F.S.S. 316.193(1) and resisting without violence pursuant to F.S.S. 843.02 since she disobeyed lawful commands during a traffic stop/DUI investigation and resisting handcuffing.
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