Woman Arrested At Palm Bay Police Department For DUI

Woman drives drunk into parking lot of the Palm Bay Police Department.
Woman drives drunk into parking lot of the Palm Bay Police Department.

PALM BAY, Florida – People who usually get arrested for DUI aren’t driving around in the parking lot of the Palm Bay Police Department.

That’s what happened when 36-year-old April Leigh Smith drove her car into a restricted parking lot of the police headquarters in Palm Bay.

The area of parking is fenced in and controlled by gates with signs that state “Do Not Enter,” and “No Trespassing,” and “Official Vehicles Only.”

Smith somehow got past the gate, perhaps while it was open to let another vehicle through, and drove around the lot before parking her vehicle next to a police cruiser.

The officer saw Smith exit her vehicle “appearing confused as to what she was doing,” the report said.

When the officer asked what she was doing, Smith indicated she was looking for a friend. The officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage when she spoke.

“I contacted her and noticed slurred speech, an odor of an alcoholic beverage, glassy and bloodshot eyes,” the officer said.

After administering standard field sobriety tests, the officer determined that Smith was impaired.

Smith provided a breath test sample which returned a .148 for the first test, and .142 during the second, almost twice the legal limit.

The officer then learned that her driver’s license was revoked in Palm Bay since 2015 for various reasons.

Smith was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail for booking.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.