Sunday, February 18, 2018
Public safety

Crews Lake Elementary School nutrition worker accused of DUI, fleeing accident

HUDSON – After hitting another car in a gas station parking lot, troopers say, the driver didn't stop.

About 11 a.m. Thursday, Linda Smith, 42, a food and nutrition services assistant at Crews Lake Elementary School, pulled out of the 7-Eleven at the corner of State Road 52 and Hicks Road, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The other person involved in the crash followed her.

Smith drove west on SR 52 and turned north onto Chicago Avenue, the report states. Then Smith pulled into a driveway on Andy Drive, followed by the defendant and a Pasco County Sheriff's deputy, the report states.

She leaned against her car in the driveway, and when told to stand on her own, she swayed, the report states. She failed field sobriety tests and came up with a 0.08 blood-alcohol content, the level at which Florida law presumes impairment, according to the report.

Smith, of New Port Richey, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident involving damage and two counts of DUI damage to property. She was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail where she remained Friday in lieu of $300 bail.

Kevin Shibley, director of employee relations for the Pasco County school district, said the district has requested more information from law enforcement and will talk with Smith next week. She is on paid administrative leave.

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