CRESTVIEW, Fla., Nov. 12, 2018–A woman was arrested for driving under the influence and child neglect after running a county sheriff’s deputy off the road Nov. 10.
An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy was forced off the road to avoid a head-on collision when the driver of the other vehicle crossed into his lane.
Felicia Elvina Freeman, 32, from Baker, was arrested for DUI and one count of third-degree child neglect, a felony offense, according to the arrest report.
An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office supervisor was driving west on Airport Road near the intersection of Wayne Rogers Road around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when a green pickup truck heading in the opposite direction crossed over into his lane.
The deputy swerved off the road to avoid a head-on collision.
Freeman took no action to avoid the crash, instead continued eastbound in the westbound lane for a short distance before moving back into the correct lane.
When the deputy conducted a traffic stop, he could smell an alcohol odor and noticed Freeman appeared impaired.
Following field sobriety tests, she was arrested for DUI which indicated a breath alcohol level of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit.
In addition to driving impaired, Freeman had two children in her truck, including an unbuckled 7-year-old riding in a folded lawn chair between the front passenger seat and driver’s seat, resulting in the child neglect charge.
Freeman has a prior arrest for alcohol, according to the arrest report.
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