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Woman in crash booked for DUI

A test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent. The condition of the man injured in the crash has improved.

By CHASE SQUIRES

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 5, 2000


DADE CITY -- Police arrested a 68-year-old Homosassa woman late Saturday and charged her with driving drunk after investigators said she drove the wrong way on U.S. 301 and slammed into another motorist, police reported.

Maria Krilly Lindsay was charged with DUI, DUI with serious injury, DUI with property damage and refusal to sign four citations, according to Dade City police. She was booked into the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes early Sunday.

According to police, Lindsay drove her 1992 white Ford pickup truck north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 for more than a mile about 10 p.m. Saturday before she crashed into Gerald DeLong's 1986 Chrysler sedan.

DeLong, 76, was heading south in the lane closest to the median when he came over the top of a hill in the 13000 block of U.S. 301 in the commercial district along Dade City's southern city limits. Police Capt. David Duff said DeLong apparently tried to evade Lindsay's oncoming car and jerked the wheel to the right a moment before impact, probably saving his life.

Lindsay's car struck the side of DeLong's car just behind the driver's side door, Duff said.

"It could have been worse," Duff said. "It could have been fatal just one split second later."

Police found an open can of Coors beer that had spilled onto the floor of Lindsay's truck, according to the arrest report.

Lindsay told police she had only consumed one beer, reports state.

DeLong was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa where he was admitted in critical condition. His condition had been upgraded to satisfactory by Monday evening.

A blood test conducted on Lindsay at Pasco Regional Medical Center showed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the level the state uses to determine impairment, according to the police report.

Patrol officer William Sweeney reported Lindsay failed several roadside sobriety tests and refused a breath test. She also refused to sign her citations, police said.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show Lindsay has been arrested before, on a charge of misdemeanor drunken driving in May 1997 in Citrus County.

Lindsay remained in jail Monday night on $5,150 bail.

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