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Partying to blame for DUI bridesmaid arrest

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Lesley Falcone, 24

A 27-year-old Bradenton woman allegedly blamed being a bridesmaid for the reason she had been drinking alcohol, which subsequently led to her arrest for driving under the influence.

A Holmes Beach Police Department officer Aug. 24 observed Lesley Falcone driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone while crossing the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue.

The officer initiated a traffic stop but, according to the report, Falcone continued driving for several blocks before she stopped in the 700 block of Manatee Avenue.

The officer observed Falcone placing several candies into her mouth as he approached the vehicle and observed Falcone “fumbling” through papers when she was asked for her vehicle registration.

The officer, at one point, had to let Falcone know that she had the registration in her hand as she continued to search for it.

According to the report, the officer determined Falcone’s “ability to concentrate was clearly impaired.”

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy also had observed the vehicle speeding and stopped to assist the HBPD officer. Because there was a suspicion of driving under the influence, the deputy took over the investigation.

According to the sheriff’s office report, Falcone had trouble standing once she exited her vehicle to begin a sobriety test. She

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