Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 12-2-2011

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Woman, 81, charged with DUI

By Jim Clark

Three drivers were cited in the past week in the southwest area for driving under the influence, including an 81-year-old woman and another woman whose car almost rear-ended a deputy.
An 81-year-old woman was seen driving after dark with no headlights and failing to stay in a single lane. When the deputy tried to stop Roberta J. Irwin, 81, of Southwest 96th Avenue, she kept going, but eventually had to stop when her car was blocked by traffic.
She told the deputy she didn’t know he was behind her.
According to the report, the deputy smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and allegedly she said she “probably had too much.”
After failing the field sobriety test, she was taken to jail and was given two opportunities to complete a breath test. Only one sample was taken because she did not perform the exercise properly, and her breath was registered at .173, the report said. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
n Amanda Louise Gaunce, 29, of Southeast 67th Place in Morriston, was stopped after her vehicle almost rear-ended a deputy. The deputy was traveling about 55 mph on State Road 200 west of County Road 484 when the vehicle came up behind him at a high rate of speed, then came to a sudden stop. He swerved to avoid the collision and the car sped past him eastbound, then turned on 140th Street and then turned onto 119th Court, where he conducted a traffic stop.
He asked for her driver’s license and she allegedly said she had left it at home. However, he was able to get her Social Security number, and a check showed that her license had been suspended in June 2011 for failure to pay a traffic fine.
She reportedly failed the field sobriety test and, at the jail, refused to provide a breath sample.
She was charged with DUI and driving while license suspended or revoked.
n Jonathan G. Browning, 25, of Southwest 151st Place in Dunnellon, was accused of DUI after being stopped on Southwest 145th Street and Southwest 85th Avenue for not wearing a safety belt. After allegedly failing the field sobriety test, he was taken to the jail and his breath registered at .081 and .081 in two samples.
In other cases:
n Stefano Albert Squartino, 19, of 110th Avenue in Dunnellon, Cody A. Cook, 19, of North Easter Terrace in Citrus Springs, and a 17-year-old were charged with loitering and prowling after they were found at a storage facility with gas cans and hoses. They allegedly told an off-duty deputy who was at the facility on personal business that they were going to siphon gas from rental trucks.
n Tishon D. Davis, 34, of Southwest 61st Place, was accused of residential burglary and petit theft after he was caught in the enclosed carport of a home on Southwest 64th Lane Road in Bahia Oaks. He allegedly had stolen tools from the home in a backpack on his person. The owner of the house was out of town.