By Kevin Deutsch
An “incredibly” intoxicated Coral Springs woman failed an alcohol breath test with a result more than five times the legal limit, then tried to grab a policeman’s penis before kicking an officer, court records show.
Coral Springs Police said Bethany Jones, 45, of Northwest 39th Street, had been drinking heavily on Feb. 23 before she tried to drive around two marked police vehicles blocking off traffic during an accident investigation in the 3600 block of Coral Ridge Drive, according to an arrest affidavit.
A police officer said he stopped Jones as she drove toward the closed-off accident scene. He noticed she was having trouble shifting her light-colored SUV into park and rolling down her window, the records show.
He smelled alcohol on Jones’ breath and asked for her vehicle documents, police said. The intoxicated Jones handed him her driver’s license, but instead of giving him her insurance card and registration, she tried handing him $16 in cash before “asking to be done,” the affidavit states.
“I told Bethany I would not accept a bribe and required insurance and registration,” the officer said. “Bethany then became irritated and yelled she was not trying to bribe me and the items in her hand were the registration and insurance.”
Unable to follow simple commands, or stand up without falling over into traffic, Jones was arrested and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle, records show.
At Coral Springs Police headquarters, she provided a breath sample of .434, more than five times the legal alcohol limit of .08, police allege.
“It should be noted that while [an officer] was attempting to collect a breath sample from Bethany she tried to grab him by his penis,” police wrote. “He was able to deflect her arm, at which point she stated she was trying to grab his ‘keys’ which were affixed to his belt. She then inferred he was handsome.”
As officers walked Jones to a holding cell, they tried to help her take her shoes off.
“At this time Bethany decided to intentionally raise her right leg up and forward so that she may then drive it back towards [the officer] at a high rate of speed, striking [the officer] in the right kneecap nearly causing [the officer] to fall to the ground,” police wrote.
Jones was later taken to Broward Health Coral Springs for medical evaluation “due to her incredibly high levels of intoxication,” according to the affidavit.
Jones is charged with battery on an officer, resisting an officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than .15, and disobeying a traffic device.
According to court records, she is currently free on a $2,000 bond.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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