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Former parks director and utility regulator Lisa Edgar faces DUI charges

Lisa Edgar, a former member of the Florida Public Service Commission who served briefly as state parks chief, was charged Saturday with DUI involving property damage and leaving the scene of an accident involving more than $50 in property damage. [Associated Press file photo]
Lisa Edgar, a former member of the Florida Public Service Commission who served briefly as state parks chief, was charged Saturday with DUI involving property damage and leaving the scene of an accident involving more than $50 in property damage. [Associated Press file photo]
Published Apr. 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Lisa Edgar, who served 12 years on the Florida Public Service Commission before a brief stint as state parks director, was arrested late Saturday on two charges each of DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of a crash with more than $50 in property damage.

A report by the Tallahassee Democrat said Florida Highway Patrol troopers received a call about 11 p.m. from a motorist who said a Mercedes Benz was unable to stay in its lane on Centerville Road in Tallahassee and hit his driver's side mirror. Troopers said they later determined the Mercedes was driven by Edgar, who lives in Tallahassee.

At first, Edgar, 53, pulled over, the newspaper reported, and spoke to the other driver before abruptly rolling up her window and driving away. Other motorists soon called law enforcement to say that the Mercedes was driving erratically and running people off the roadway, the Democrat reported.

Edgar resigned in February as Florida park's director after just two months on the job, citing a family emergency. Edgar had earlier served three terms on the PSC, which regulates Florida utilities. She was appointment in 2005 by then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.