A 28-year-old woman, who two years ago, was charged with burning down “The Senator” has been arrested once again. The Senator is a large bald cypress tree in Longwood, Florida, that was a focal point for tourists. At a majestic 118-foot tall and 18 feet in diameter, it was considered one of the largest of its kind in the world.
The woman allegedly lit a fire in the tree so she would have light to take her illegal drugs. Once the Senator caught, it burned for hours until it finally crumpled to the ground. The woman is still facing charges for this crime.
However, this time her arrest was for a DUI charge. The woman was driving wildly on U.S. Highway 17-92 in Maitland, Florida. She allegedly squealed her wheels while making a wide turn onto a street, after which she cut another vehicle off. An officer then pulled her over.
The officer administered several field sobriety tests, which the woman failed according to his report. Her blood alcohol levels exceeded the legal limit by more than double. According to the officer’s report, the woman began to cry remorsefully on the way to the DUI center, while she relayed her part in burning down the Senator.
This woman now must fight the DUI charges she is facing, as well as the other charges. DUI offenses are serious and can carry large fines and possibly even jail time. In addition, they can remain on one’s record, causing problems in the future. Because of the nature of her other case that is still pending, her legal advisor will need to ensure that she gets a fair and unbiased trial.
Source: Orlano Sentinel, “Woman accused of burning down ‘Senator’ tree charged with DUI” Jeff Weiner, Mar. 02, 2014