In our last blog post, we discussed the arrest of a Sarasota County woman on suspicion of drinking and driving. The woman denied being impaired and said that she was the victim of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was profiling female drivers. In an update to the story, prosecutors have dropped nearly all charges against the suspect on the eve of trial, including the DUI charge, though the woman still faces a felony charge of escape due to her handcuffs falling off.
It appears that the Assistant State Attorney prosecuting the case quickly realized that there were problems with the arrest. The trooper pulled over the woman in May 2012 due to a broken tag light. After a lengthy detention, he arrested the woman for DUI despite the fact that her blood-alcohol level was well below the legal limit. He also arrested her for resisting arrest and felony escape.