A New Port Richey woman, whose blood-alcohol level registered three times the legal limit, was arrested on a DUI charge after she nearly caused a traffic crash and became involved in an altercation with witnesses, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Krystle Lynn Engler, 27, of 4849 Floramar Terrace, also was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer after she kicked a deputy in the arm, a sheriff’s report said.
She was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 19 in Holiday and was being held in the Land O’ Lakes Jail on Friday with bail set at $5,300.
Deputies were called to 1640 U.S. 19 Thursday night by witnesses who said Engler had nearly caused one of them to wreck twice, an arrest report said.
The witnesses managed to get her to pull over, but she became involved in a verbal altercation with them that almost became physical, the report said. Engler tried to drive away, but the witnesses stopped her and one of them removed her keys from the ignition, the report said.
When two deputies arrived, Engler tried to bite one of them twice and later kicked him in the forearm as he filled out paperwork, the report said. She was too impaired to complete to sobriety tests and performed poorly on two others, the report said.
Her blood-alcohol level registered at .268, .246 and .255. Florida law presumes a driver impaired at .08.
In addition to the DUI and battery charges, Engler also faces two charges of assault on a law enforcement officer.