Gainesville woman charged with DUI after hitting police car


Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.

A woman with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for driving struck into an unmarked police car with two officers inside and then tried to leave the scene, according to police.

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Lisa Melton

Lisa J. Melton, 53, 3800 S.W. 38th St., was arrested by Gainesville police late Wednesday on charges of DUI with damage to property, knowingly driving on a suspended or revoked license, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an arrest report by Officer Bryon P. Carroll, Melton was southbound in the 3700 block of Southwest 37th Boulevard and was making a right turn onto Southwest 38th Street when she left her lane and sideswiped the unmarked Gainesville police car.

Witnesses said Melton continued west for another 20 feet before stopping her car in the street. Police said that, when they told Melton to pull into a nearby parking lot, she told them that she could not. Instead, Melton reportedly told officers she wanted to go home and tried to put her car in gear. Carroll said an officer had to struggle with Melton in order to turn the car off.

The officers involved and Melton initially said they were not injured, but once Melton arrived at the jail, she reportedly said her neck was hurting.

Police said Melton's breath test results were .211 and .191, both well above the .08 level at which drivers are presumed to be drunk in Florida.

Police said they found two glass pipes in Melton's purse, which was searched following her arrest, and both tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

Court records showed Melton's license was suspended in November 2008 for failing to pay a traffic citation she received a month earlier.

Melton was being held at the Alachua County jail on Friday. No bond had been set.

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