ASO: DUI suspect kicks car door into deputy's knees

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.

A McIntosh woman who deputies allege was so drunk Wednesday evening she fell while leaving an Archer Road restaurant and struck her head in the parking lot was charged with DUI and battery on a law enforcement officer after, while being arrested, she reportedly kicked the door of a patrol car into a deputy's knees.

Tammy O. Flagg-Dowie, 45, of 8140 E Ave., was detained by an Alachua County sheriff's deputy after employees of TGI Fridays first notified law enforcement of a suspected drunken driver at around 6:25 p.m. The employees told the Sheriff's Office that Flagg-Dowie appeared intoxicated when she left the restaurant and then fell in the parking lot, resulting in a large knot on her head.

A deputy later spotted Flagg-Dowie driving a car matching the description given by the restaurant employees south on Southwest 34th Street. The deputy reported that the car left the road and twice traveled in the bike lane and did not have on its headlights in the rain.

When Flagg-Dowie was pulled over, the deputy reported that she was uneasy on her feet, had bloodshot eyes, droopy eyelids and smelled of alcohol. She also asked the deputy multiple times to arrest her, according to the arrest report. She subsequently fared poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.

Because of the injury to her head, an ambulance was called to the scene, but Flagg-Dowie refused treatment, according to the report. The deputy then placed her in the back of a patrol car to transport her from the scene, but Flagg-Dowie kicked open the door, which struck and bruised the deputy's knees, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Flagg-Dowie eventually was taken to the hospital for treatment, where she refused to provide a urine or blood test, according to the report. The deputy determined, as well, that a breath sample would be impractical at that time, the Sheriff's Office reported.

After being released from the hospital, Flagg-Dowie was booked into the Alachua County jail, where she remained Thursday awaiting bond.

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