September 24, 2023
Stacy Duroe Fitzgerald

A Villager is hoping to suppress proof from a drunk driving arrest ensuing from a crash final yr on the Historic Facet of The Villages.

A listening to on a movement to suppress proof is about for Thursday in Lake County Court docket involving the case of 61-year-old Stacy Duroe Fitzgerald of the Village of Piedmont.

In August 2022, she crashed right into a small tree, a carport connected to a residence and a parked automotive at a house within the 800 block of Sharon Drive. Fitzgerald was “severely intoxicated” and brought to an area hospital moderately than being instantly arrested, based on an arrest report from the Woman Lake Police Division. Checks later confirmed Fitzgerald had a blood alcohol content material degree of .380, which the investigator famous was practically “poisonous.” Vodka bottles had been present in her automotive.

In a movement to suppress the proof, Fitzgerald’s lawyer mentioned his shopper was “disoriented” when the accident occurred. The movement additionally contends {that a} police officer failed to provide Fitzgerald a Miranda Warning and he or she by no means gave permission for a search of her car that led to the invention of bottles of alcohol.  The movement additionally claimed a blood draw on the hospital was taken with out her consent.

Whereas she remained free on bond in that arrest, Fitzgerald was arrested on two subsequent DUIs.

Most lately, she was arrested Aug. 2 after she was discovered sleeping in her golf cart close to the Village of Alhambra. An open carton of Black Field premium merlot wine was present in her golf cart.

In Could, she had been positioned on probation as the results of her arrest this previous January after her car sustained a flat tire and was blocking site visitors at Buena Vista Boulevard and Parr Drive. An investigation led to the invention of vodka bottles in her car. She offered two breath samples that every measured .305 blood alcohol content material. She later misplaced her driver’s license for six months, was positioned on probation for one yr and was ordered to carry out 80 hours of group service.