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Police don't have to go far for this arrest

Published Oct. 12, 2005

(ran T edition of B)

Cynthia Dawn Sherron drove over several mailboxes Sunday at the worst possible place _ in front of the Brooksville Police Department.

The 27-year-old Brooksville woman was charged with driving under the influence after police say she plowed over the boxes, which belong to the Police Department and adjacent Brooksville Fire Department, both on Veterans Avenue off W Jefferson Street.

Sherron, of Sunshine Grove Road, registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.191 percent _ nearly double the threshold at which Florida law presumes that someone is unable to safely drive a motor vehicle, according to police reports.

Damaged in the incident were two mailboxes valued at $100 total, and two newspaper delivery boxes, which also belonged to the departments. The boxes lay in a crumpled heap in front of the buildings Monday morning, awaiting replacement.

"This is certainly a bad place to choose to have your accident," police Chief Ed Tincher said. "We would strongly encourage people not to drive under the influence; maybe this is God's way of saying not to drink and drive."

Sherron's 1989 Ford pickup jumped the curb while heading east along Veterans Avenue at 7:16 p.m. Sunday, according to police reports. The pickup, traveling about 20 mph, had about $400 in damages. Sherron, who was not injured, also was charged with careless driving and failure to stay in her lane.

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