Anna Maria woman crashes into carport, charges pending

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Molly Smith
The carport on 55th Street at the 5400 Gulf Drive condominiums in Holmes Beach.

Police are asking the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office to assist in charging an Anna Maria woman who crashed her vehicle into a carport on 55th Street at the 5400 Gulf Drive condominiums in Holmes Beach.

First to arrive after the 2:21 a.m. Jan. 7 crash was Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Leana Cudzillo, who found Molly Smith, 38, unconscious, slumped over the steering wheel of her 2006 Cadillac.

Noting the car’s motor was running and tires were spinning, Cudzillo broke a window to enter the vehicle and put the vehicle in park, according to the reports.

HBPD Officer Mike Walker joined Cudzillo on the scene, reported the damage at the crash and began an investigation.

According to Walker’s report, the carport collapsed on a parked car that incurred rear-end damage from the crash and there was significant damage to Smith’s Cadillac.

Smith was transported to Blake Medical Center by EMS.

In an interview at Blake, the report states Smith told Walker she didn’t know where she was coming from, but was driving home when she fell asleep.

Walker found an open single-serving box of Chardonnay in the Cadillac before it was towed.

Smith is on court probation for a charge of disorderly intoxication after a November 2017 crash in Holmes Beach in the same block of Gulf Drive. She is under a deferred prosecution agreement, which prohibits illegal drug or alcohol use, according to court records.

In his report on the January crash, Walker asked for more investigation, including a subpoena for Smith’s blood draw results from Blake.

Walker also ticketed Smith with careless driving and possession of the open alcohol container.

Charges are pending results of a prosecutor’s review.

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