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Brooksville woman accused of DUI, setting fire in jail cell

SPRING HILL — A woman who authorities said was speeding as she passed a sheriff's cruiser, then ran a red light and just missed a bicyclist was accused of drunk driving when tests showed her to be nearly three times the limit at which state law presumes a driver to be impaired.

Amazing-Grace Amy Howard, 21, of Brooksville was arrested early Tuesday morning after a deputy saw her pass him in a pickup truck at 55 mph in a 40 mph zone on Spring Hill Drive, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report.

Howard was swerving and ran a red light at Pinehurst Drive, nearly hitting a bicyclist, the report states. She told deputies that she drank five bottles of Bud Light Lime and two shots of tequila.

Breath tests showed that her blood-alcohol level was .231 and .234, nearly three times the threshold limit of .08, qualifying her for an enhanced DUI charge under state law as her level exceeded .150, the report states.

Later, at the Hernando County Detention Center, Howard used a lighter she smuggled into the jail to set fire to toilet paper in a holding cell, according to a report. She told deputies she started the fire because she was cold.

Howard was arrested on charges of DUI and introducing contraband to a detention facility.

Brooksville woman accused of DUI, setting fire in jail cell 07/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:48pm]
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