Report: Driver tells officer she's 'considered an alcoholic' after crash


Elin Peterson

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A woman drove her car into bushes while under the influence of alcohol, Marion County authorities said Thursday.

Deputies said a witness saw Elin Peterson, 33, drive into the bushes and said Peterson refused to get out.

When the officer arrived at the scene, Peterson was sitting in the driver's seat and the key was in the ignition. The officer than asked Peterson what happened. Peterson said she is "considered an alcoholic" and that's why the crash happened, according to a sheriff's report.   

The deputy said she found four cans of 8-percent alcohol beer in the car.

The report said Peterson failed a field sobriety test, and her blood-alcohol content was .402 percent.

While Peterson was in the back of the cruiser, she apologized several times to the officer for driving under the influence, the report said.

Investigators said the Marion County Jail would not accept Peterson due to her high BAC level, and therefore, she was transported her to Munroe Regional Medical Center for medical clearance.

Peterson was charged with DUI, said authorities.