North Carolina Woman Drives On Rims In Boca Raton, Is Arrested For DUI


Suspect Is A Real McCoy…May Get Lucky Break… No Working Breath-A-Lyzers In Palm Beach County… Hospital Backed Up…

Linda McCoy, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — We don’t know if police in North Carolina look the other way when someone is driving on the rims of their Pontiac, but here in Boca Raton, police take it as a sign that something might be the matter. On Sunday, it turned out Linda McCoy was the matter, as she allegedly drove on the rims of her car in the area of 5500 NW 2nd Avenue.

Boca Raton Police were called to the scene by a witness who feared the McCoy might be under the influence of something as she drove her vehicle with no tire on a front rim. Police arrived on the scene, told McCoy to stop her car, and came to the conclusion that the witness seemed to be right.

Here’s a snippet from the police report reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com.

“I then spoke with McCoy, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. I asked McCoy to step out of the vehicle so that I could speak with her. When McCoy stepped out of her vehicle, she had to place her left hand against the vehicle to keep her balance. I then asked McCoy to step away from the vehicle so that I could speak to her. While speaking with McCoy, she swayed back and forth, had pinpoint pupils, and had a slurred speech. McCoy stated she is in recovery from alcohol and cocaine abuse. I asked McCoy if she needed the paramedics for any medical conditions, but she said, “No, I’m good.”

Turns out she wasn’t so good, after all. But she may become quite lucky. Police say McCoy — who lives in New Bern, North Carolina, had issues with multiple field sobriety tests. They took her to the Palm Beach County Breath Testing facility only to find it was flooded and that there were no working Breath-A-Lyzers in Palm Beach County at the time of the incident. At the breath facility, McCoy allegedly started to scream in pain, so police then took her to Boca Raton Regional Hospital to be medically cleared and asked McCoy to provide blood for a blood alcohol test. She refused. A doctor then said it would be hours before staff could deal with her due to the number of people coming to the area from out of town and needing medical care.

While officially a “refusal” — which means an automatic license suspension — it’s unclear what impact the broken Breath-A-Lyzers and the inability for medical staff to accurately assess McCoy in a timely manner could have on her case. Linda McCoy, 59, was eventually booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and released hours later on her own recognizance. A court date is pending.


Paul Saperstein


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