Concerned Citizen’s Call Leads to DUI and Child Neglect Charges

A concerned citizen called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office after spotting a woman speeding and driving erratically with a van door open and a child in a car seat next to the open door.

Deputies located the van and made a traffic stop on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin around 6:15 p.m. November 16th after noting that the driver could not stay in one lane.

The deputy says on talking to the driver, 34-year old Marsha Jones of Santa Rosa Beach, he immediately noticed the smell of alcohol.

He says Jones also seemed surprised when he asked about the open van door.

Jones was asked to do a Field Sobriety Test and subsequently arrested for DUI and child neglect without great bodily harm. She was also charged with resisting arrest without violence after failing to comply with commands.

Once at the booking facility, Jones refused to submit to a breath test.


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