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Clearwater RV driver charged with DUI in Weeki Wachee

Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:20 PM
BROOKSVILLE -

The RV swerved across three lanes Monday night along U.S. 19 and came to a screeching halt, causing smoke to billow from its tires, authorities said.

The driver, Pamela Adrian Carnesi, didn't stop until after the pursuing Hernando County Sheriff's deputy had turned on his siren near the intersection of State Road 50, according to arrest reports.

Carnesi, 54, of Clearwater, was impaired and driving on a suspended license, deputies said.

By the time the 54-year-old Carnesi was booked at the jail, she was charged with DUI, driving with a revoked or suspended license, providing a false name to law enforcement, marijuana possession, refusal to submit to a drug test and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"The driver appeared to be sluggish with her eyes half way shut and slightly sweaty," wrote Deputy Joseph Schneider.

Carnesi originally gave the deputy a Pennsylvania driver's license – belonging to her sister, according to an arrest report. After cross referencing her Social Security number, he discovered her real identity, authorities said.

A subsequent background check revealed Carnesi had a revoked license and three prior DUI convictions from 1995 to 2006.

During a search of the vehicle and the suspect's handbag, deputies found 15.5 grams of marijuana and a package of rolling papers, according to the sheriff's office.

Carnesi had three dogs in the vehicle and they were seized by Hernando County Animal Control, deputies said.

During the early part of her roadside interview, Carnesi told Schneider she was a diabetic, so paramedics were called to evaluate her, according to an arrest report.

Her blood sugar level tested normal and Carnesi later admitted she wasn't a diabetic, deputies said.


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