Florida Woman Posts .415 BAC: After Driving to Pick Up Her Kid
New Port Richey resident Renata Congleton caught the attention of school officials when she struck two vehicles when picking up her child up from school Friday, and smartly called authorities. When cops confronted her at her house, they allege that she admitted driving and leaving the scene of the accident. They went to take her into custody, and she allegedly resisted, pulling away and scratching the deputy. It sounds like they took her to the hospital due to her substantial inebriation, and indicate that her medical blood alcohol level was .413, a dangerously high level.
She’s actually in more trouble for scratching the officer than for driving under the influence. While the high alcohol level, and the fact that a child was in the car are enhancements, a DUI charge is still a misdemeanor. At this time she hasn’t been charged with a DUI, only a leaving the scene of an accident. She also has a child neglect charge, resisting with violence, which are felonies, as is the Batt LEO (battery on a law enforcement officer), which is a felony that has a mandatory prison sentence. Due to her extreme intoxication, she may be able to mitigate her punishment by seeking counseling and treatment for her drinking.
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