Woman crashes into trolley, arrested

A 42-year-old Parrish woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated after crashing into a trolley in Bradenton Beach Jan. 19, but it wasn’t her first crash of the day.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Michele Stresing was stopped in traffic on Gulf Drive when she put her vehicle in reverse and collided with a car behind her.

Stresing fled the scene southward on Gulf Drive and pulled into a trolley turnaround area at Coquina Beach, at which time she allegedly collided with a trolley.

The affidavit states that Stresing again fled the scene, but was spotted by a Bradenton Beach police officer, who pursued her, observing that she swerved out of her lane three times.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and observed Stresing’s movements to be slow and confused. He contacted a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who conducted a DWI investigation.

According to that investigation, the deputy noticed the odor of alcohol emanating from Stresing. The deputy asked the woman if she knew where she was and she replied that she was in Palmetto en route to a relative’s house in Riverview.

Stresing allegedly failed the field sobriety test, at which time she was transported to the Holmes Beach Police Department, where she failed a breath test, according to the police report.

Due to the high level of alcohol in her blood revealed during the test, Stresing was taken to the hospital, where she was medically cleared.

Stresing then was transported to the Manatee County jail, where she was booked into custody. She posted bond Jan. 20 and was released.

She has been charged with DWI with property damage and two counts of misdemeanor leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.

She is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.


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