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Deputies claim woman nearly 'catatonic' before Naples DUI arrest

Collier County deputies arrested a woman Thanksgiving Day in a driveway in Naples. Law enforcement says that a homeowner called to report a car in his driveway. The homeowner apparently did not recognize the car or its occupants. Deputies responded and say that they found a 44-year-old Naples woman and a 2-year-old child in the car.

Authorities claim that the Naples woman was sitting in the parked car in a "catatonic-like state," according to the Naples Daily News. The engine on the car was running when authorities arrived, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy says that he had to knock on the window of the parked car to get the woman's attention. She reportedly rolled down the window, but law enforcement asserts that she only responded to initial questions with a blank stare. The deputy says that the woman said at some point that she was waiting for someone. The deputy reportedly asked her where she was going at that point-- to which law enforcement says the woman could not answer.

During the investigation, law enforcement claims that the deputy found a half-empty bottle of vodka in the passenger compartment of the car. Authorities say that the bottle was on the floor behind the driver's seat, but details about how the bottle was allegedly discovered are not clear in the media.

Law enforcement claims that the woman refused to perform field sobriety tests. The Naples woman was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. The deputy claims that she struggled while she was being arrested.

Source: Naples Daily News, "Deputies: Driver in 'catatonic-like state' with 2-year-old in back seat," Nov. 24, 2012

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