DUI: Maria Rodriguez-Serrano drinks bottle of Bacardi before driving on Highway 79

35-year-old Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez-Serrano drove her van on Highway 79 with the passenger side taillight out late March 20th. Officers observed this, conducted a traffic stop, and approached Rodriguez-Serrano. Rodriguez-Serano told officers she was unaware of her light being out. During this interaction, officers noticed she reeked of marijuana as smoke rolled down her car window, so they asked her to exit her car and performed a probable cause search. Officers then located a rolled joint in the driver’s door pocket and an empty bottle of Bacardi behind the driver’s seat. Rodriguez-Serano took sobriety tests and performed poorly. Then, she admitted to finishing the bottle of Bacardi before coming to a stop. Rodriguez-Serrano agreed to provide a blood sample after being informed of implied consent and then was taken into custody for driving under the influence.

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