Anna Maria woman gets probation in carport crash

Charged with driving under the influence after a crash, Molly Smith, 39, of Anna Maria, was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Twelfth Circuit Judge Mark Singer Oct. 10 ordered the probation, including DUI school, credit for time served and 50 hours of public service work.

He also suspended Smith’s driver’s license for six months.

The charge stems from a Jan. 7 crash where a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy found Smith unconscious, slumped over the steering wheel of her 2006 Cadillac, after smashing into a carport off 55th Street at the 5400 Gulf Drive condominiums in Holmes Beach.

Smith was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton by EMS, where her blood was drawn. The state subpoenaed Smith’s blood draw results, leading to the DUI charge.

She was assessed more than $2,000 in costs and fines, for the DUI and tickets in related careless driving and open alcohol container cases.

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