TAMPA — A Pinellas County administrative law judge was arrested Sunday on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of a crash after driving the wrong way on Gunn Highway and striking another car, deputies said.
Arline Colon, 49, was driving a Jeep Wrangler south in the northbound lanes near Isbell Lane in the Odessa area shortly before 9 p.m. when she crashed into a Nissan Altima, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The driver of the Altima, 21-year-old Brooke Morgan, swerved into the painted median to avoid a collision but the Jeep struck her car on the passenger side.
Colon did not stop to provide any information and continued driving south, but the Jeep's front axle snapped and it came to a stop in the road near North Mobley Road, deputies said, about a mile from the crash scene.
A deputy arrived and found Colon sitting in a gray sedan parked nearby. She had a visible seatbelt mark on her body, her wallet was found in the Jeep's front passenger and her flip flops were found under the brake pedal, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies say Colon smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes and was unable to stand under her own power.
Deputies did not conduct field sobriety exercises for safety reasons because Colon appeared to be extremely intoxicated, according to the Sheriff's Office. She was arrested on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage. She declined to provide a breath sample, deputies said.
Colon was being held without bail Monday in the Hillsborough County Jail.
Florida Bar records show Colon is an administrative law judge for the U.S. Social Security Administration’s St. Petersburg office. Law judges make decisions on appealed determinations involving retirement, survivors, disability insurance and supplemental security income benefits, according to the SSA’s web site. An SSA spokesman did not immediately have information or comment on Colon’s arrest.
Records show Sunday's arrest is Colon's second this year.
She was arrested Aug. 17 and charged with providing false information to a law enforcement officer, a first degree misdemeanor.
According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Colon called 911 that day and falsely reported that her husband pointed a gun at her and the couple's son in the family's Odessa home.
That case is still pending and an attorney listed for Colon was not immediately available for comment.
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