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Woman pulls over in middle of road, charged with DUI

Hernando Today staff reports
Published:   |   Updated: September 23, 2013 at 09:40 PM

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BROOKSVILLE - The green Toyota Celica weaved over the fog line in front of the Hernando County Jail and almost struck the concrete fence in front.

It crossed over the fog line four more times before the Hernando County sheriff's deputy activated his emergency lights, and according to an arrest report the car's left blinker clicked on at the intersection of Spring Hill Drive and California Street.

Then it took a right turn into a ditch, according to the report. It rolled out and parked in the middle of the road.

"I then made contact with the driver/defendant, Lisa Mello," the deputy wrote.

The deputy asked Mello, 52, why she seemed to be all over the roadway. Mello told the deputy she and her passenger were heading back from a Miranda concert in Tampa, and that she's had several drinks. The deputy took note of the two blue SOLO cups lying on the floor and soaking the carpet.

"Please don't take me to jail, this is not my first DUI," Mello said numerous times, according to the report. "Call someone to come get me please. Please, I'm begging you."

After five attempts at the finger to nose sobriety exercise, Mello was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test as a prior DUI offender, and introduction of contraband after booking deputies found 1.5 Oxycodone tablets in her purse.

Jail records show she bonded out of the Hernando County Jail for $6,000 about eight hours after her arrest.

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