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Hillsborough judge denies three-time DUI offender bail

TAMPA — Crying throughout her 20-minute appearance in court Monday, an 18-year-old woman charged three times in 18 days with driving while intoxicated was told she would remain jailed.

Kimberly McCarthy posed too great a danger to herself and the public to be released on bail, said Hillsborough County Judge John Conrad. He said he has never presided over a DUI case with as many arrests over as short a time.

McCarthy faces a single felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. That charge came after her first DUI arrest on Feb. 23, when police say they found 12 Xanax pills, marijuana and a bong in the van she was driving.

Her next two DUI arrests occurred March 11 and 12.

During the March 12 arrest, police quoted her as saying: "I didn't know that smoking marijuana and driving would be a DUI. I just like smoking marijuana."

On Monday, Judge Conrad told McCarthy that neither house arrest nor an ankle monitor would be enough to assure him that she could be kept away from drugs or alcohol.

John Barry can be reached at (813) 226-3383 or jbarry@tampabay.com.

Hillsborough judge denies three-time DUI offender bail 04/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 2, 2012 9:17pm]

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