BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach woman allegedly tried to ignore police who were attempting to arrest her for DUI. Her actions, which allegedly included chatting on a cell phone instead of following police orders, led to a “resist arrest” charge to go along with her DUI charge.
Leah Jones, 33, of the 300 block of NY 7th Avenue in Delray Beach, was ultimately jailed early on July 5th, following the July 4th arrest.
This is the narrative from one of the Delray Beach Police Officers who responded to the scene:
“Upon my arrival, I made contact with other officers who advised me that they made contact with w / F Leah Jones, who was sitting in the driver seat of a black Volkswagen FL. They advised that the vehicle engine was running and that the keys was inside of the vehicle (push start ignition), giving Jones full control of the vehicle.”
“I made contact with Jones, who appeared intoxicated as I could smell a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath de ella, and Jones had glossy eyes and slurred speech. As I was trying to talk to Jones, she was on her cellphone talking to someone else, not paying attention to my commands. I asked Jones multiple times to listen to my commands from her as I was trying to conduct a DUI investigation. Jones did not comply, and due to the facts mentioned above, Jones was placed under arrest with a refusal to conduct roadsides.”
“As I attempted to escort Jones out of her vehicle, I attempted to grab her left arm from her, and Jones began to pull away from her, tensing both of her arms from her vehicle, Jones began to act belligerent by yelling, pulling away, and tensing both of her legs and arms.”
“After a few moments of struggle, Officers were able to secure Jones by using handcuffs and a hobble. Jones was later placed on the back of the patrol vehicle, where she was transported to PBCJ BAT. Once out of the Based on the above facts, Probable Cause exists to charge the defendant Leah Jones with one count of Resist / Obstruct Officer W / O Violence per F.S.S 843.02 and for DUI per T.S.S. 316,193 (1) A.”
Jones, according to police was roughly two time the legal limit in two breath alcohol tests. She was booked into lockup at 1:47 a.m. on July 5th, then released at 5:36 a.m. on her own recognizance. A court date is pending.
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