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POLICE: This Woman Fell Asleep While Driving At Atlantic And 441

Arrest Boca Raton Delray Beach Florida News Palm Beach County

Shreya Mehta Now Charged With Enhanced DUI, Resisting Arrest. “MUSH MOUTHED.”

RECORDS: Is Member Of Florida Bar.

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Shreya Mehta, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Boca Raton resident Shreya Mehta allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of her Lexus SUV while driving — or while she was supposed to be driving — at the intersection of US 441 and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. She is now facing enhanced DUI and resisting arrest charges.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, another motorist called police when he was stuck behind Mehta who wouldn’t move her Lexus despite the traffic light changing multiple times.

“The motorist,” wrote police in a report, “walked to the Lexus and knocked several times on the window but the woman did not respond. The motorist noted that the vehicle ignition was on and the radio was very loud.”

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was first to arrive on the scene. They determined Mehta, 39, was fine and turned her over to a PBSO Deputy who wrote this:

“I walked up and met Mehta who was sitting on the curb on the driver side of her vehicle. After speaking with Mehta, I noticed her eyes were red and glassy and she had slurred, mush mouthed speech…when Mehta walked near me, I smelled a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from her that became stronger when we spoke. Mehta also continuously repeated herself of the disbelief that she was passed out behind the wheel. She stated she was at downtown Delray Beach where was at dinner earlier. She also stated she went to the beach earlier also. Mehta initially stated she was by herself before later stating she was with multiple friends. Mehta advised she had two alcoholic beverages at dinner.”

Mehta, according to police, had problems completing field sobriety tests. She later said, ”I’m not going anywhere,” when police attempted to arrest her. They were ultimately successful — even as police say she tried to slip her hands out of handcuffs.

She later provided breath alcohol samples that registered .194 and .186. The legal limit in Florida is .08. A breath or blood alcohol content over .150 leads to an enhanced DUI charge.

Mehta, of the 9000 block of Boca Gardens Trail in Boca Raton, was booked into jail at 3:29 a.m. Thursday. She was released on her own recognizance several hours later. A court date is pending. The Florida Bar’s public directory reveals that Mehta is an attorney. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in May of 2011.

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