A St. Petersburg woman was arrested on her third drunken-driving charge within the last 10 years on Saturday night after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw her speeding at 120 mph on the Gandy Bridge, the agency reported in a news release and arrest reports.
Brittany Diane Bianchi, 31, was arrested on multiple charges after she drove a Mercedes past a trooper at 120 mph, reports state. The speed limit on that part of the bridge is 55 mph.
The trooper pulled over Bianchi. An arrest report states that she was “completely unaware she passed a fully marked police car at that speed.” She also had bloodshot and watery eyes, smelled of alcohol, slurred her words and “had trouble manipulating her papers with her fingers” while looking for documents, reports state.
The trooper asked Bianchi to do field sobriety tests and “she became argumentative,” reports state. She also refused to provide a breath sample.
Troopers learned that she had faced previous charges of drunken driving in 2013 and 2016, and that her license was suspended.
Bianchi resisted the trooper’s attempt to arrest her and dug her fingernails into his hand, causing bleeding. Additional law enforcement officers were called to the scene to subdue her and she was taken to the Pinellas County jail, reports state.
She is facing charges of drunken driving, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia,, speeding and not having insurance.
Bond was set at $17,650 and she was released from the jail on Sunday morning, records show.