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Spring Hill woman gets probation

Tony Holt Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:49 PM

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A Spring Hill woman arrested four times in 10 months — including twice on DUI allegations — avoided a prolonged jail sentence.

Amy Sargent was jailed Aug. 28 following her fourth arrest and held without bail. A hearing for all eight of her charges took place later that week, at which time she was convicted of all but one of her counts and sentenced to one year of probation.

In his arrest report last week, Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Lamondra said he spotted Sargent driving along Mariner Boulevard and recognized her. He knew she had been arrested twice before on DUI charges and figured she didn't have a valid license, he said.

The deputy took her to jail on charges of driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest. He said she would remain behind bars — this time without the privilege of bail.

Sargent, 47, of 6271 Danbury St., earned her release from the Hernando County Jail three days later, according to court records.

She went before Circuit Court Judge Kurt Hitzemann and was convicted of her charges, including two counts of DUI, two counts of marijuana possession, one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a valid license and resisting arrest without violence.

An additional charge of driving on a suspended license was dropped.

Sargent was arrested on DUI and marijuana charges in October 2011 and again on the same charges in February.

In May, she was arrested for the third time in seven months. A deputy responded to a disturbance in the area of Hernando Beach. He noticed Sargent traveling along Osowaw Boulevard in a Chrysler PT Cruiser. He pulled her over and she admitted her DUI arrests, according to reports.

On Aug. 28, Sargent was not as cooperative, deputies said. Based on arrest reports, she refused orders to get out of the car and continued to resist after deputies tried to handcuff her.

As part of her sentencing agreement, Sargent must serve 50 hours probation and pay more than $1,500 in fines. Additionally, her driver's license will be restricted for five years, according to court records.

Sargent's attorney, Peyton Hyslop, did not return a message left on his cell phone Wednesday. The prosecutor in the case, Richard Lehman, didn't return either of the two messages left with his assistant. (352) 544-5283

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