Motorist asleep at wheel arrested for obstruction, DUI

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Witnesses to a traffic backup at a Holmes Beach intersection Jan. 7 alerted police to a woman passed out at the wheel.

Carey Hackett, 35, of Nebraska, was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence after a Michigan couple observed her sleeping in her car at Gulf and East Bay drives and called 911.

The couple told Holmes Beach police they directed Hackett’s vehicle into the lot in front of Mike Norman Realty, 3101 Gulf Drive, and removed the woman’s keys from the ignition, saying she appeared too impaired to drive.

Hackett failed to cooperate with law enforcement and EMS, ignoring police demands to stop talking on a cellphone.

HBPD Officer Jason Higgins took away her phone and the woman charged at him, the report states.

The report also states Hackett seemed confused by EMS and police requests and, at one point, began crying. She refused to talk to medical personnel or sign paperwork, alleging police and emergency workers were attempting to incriminate her.

Police reported finding a cold, empty beer bottle in her vehicle. The vehicle was towed.

Hackett was arrested for obstruction and transported to the Manatee County jail. There, a sheriff’s deputy conducted a DUI investigation.

At the jail, Hackett first declined a breath test but changed her mind. She next pretended to blow into the equipment, according to the MCSO report.

In addition to the DUI, Hackett was cited for possessing an open container of alcohol, an improper stop, expired registration, no proof of insurance and failing to display registration.

Hackett posted $1,000 in bonds and was released.

Her arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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