Woman: I was drinking because I have sunburn

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Bobbi France

Fort McCoy, Florida — On Saturday, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Eduardo Bustamante-Munt was running radar at the intersection of Highway 316 and Highway 315 when he noticed a woman, later identified as Bobbi S. France, 29, driving a SUV without her seat belt on.

The deputy then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

France told the deputy that she was trying to find her cousin’s address when she decided to pull into a gas station and removed her seat belt. She stated that she forgot to buckle up before leaving the gas station.

The deputy reported that he could smell the strong odor of alcohol emitting from France’s breath while speaking with her. He also noted that her eyes were bloodshot and watery.

When the deputy asked for the woman’s drivers license and registration she began fumbling through her purse to try and find it. A few moments later, France realized she was already holding her license in her left hand.

As France continued to look for her registration, the deputy notice that there was a 6-year-old juvenile in the backseat, who appeared to be on the verge of crying.

Upon seeing the child, the deputy asked France if she had been drinking, to which she replied, “A couple.”

According to reports, France’s face was flushed and she was having a hard time speaking.

France told the deputy that she had three or four drinks of vodka because she had really bad sunburn. She said she was drinking to “take the pain away.”

France failed all of her sobriety exercises and blew a .169 during her breathalyzer test.

Upon searching her vehicle, the deputy found a bottle of Oxycodone, which was prescribed on July 15, 2015. The prescription was for 45 pills. The deputy noted that there were only six pills left in the bottle.

France was arrested and charged with DUI with a Person Under 18 in the Vehicle.

She was released on $1,000 bond.

Department of Children and Families was also notified in this case.

The juvenile was released into the custody of her cousin’s husband.

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  • harry

    as a redhead, understand the sunburn. alcohol s the best pain reliever, better then oxcy’s .

    • Huskyrider

      How idiotic…. How bout, don’t get a sunburn in the first place? Uhhh you live in Florida so don’t act like protection is a new concept. Putting yourself, and more importantly, your child in danger is not the solution no matter how much your suffering….and because of your own negligence I might add.

      • harry

        hey idiotic, it’s been since I was a kid I had blisters from sunburn, back in the early 70’s before all the protection crap, and I learned to wear t-shirts, but still the first burns of the year always hurt a little
        where did I say it was ok to drink n drive? I just said alcohol is the best pain killer. assholes jump to conclusions .

        • Huskyrider

          Then you should probably include your thoughts on drinking and driving when you post comments. My concern is for the young generation and how your comments could affect their choices. Better to apply a real skin treatment than think its cool to swig down alcohol or pop pills. But the BEST course of action is to not get a sunburn.

          • harry

            working outside in the summer, I guess I should wear long sleeves and die from heat stroke? as long as I get sunburns early and often, my skins then changes to a deep golden red, then I my good for the summer, so unless your a redhead, you don’t know whats needed to do to survive I florida

          • Huskyrider

            I’m happy for you Dude. But is any of that in response to what I said last?