A school counselor was arrested and charged with DUI and child abuse on Tuesday, after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash
Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 35-year-old Brittney Medina.
At around 11 p.m., deputies responded to a vehicle crash that had occurred at the intersection of Clubhouse Road and Live Oak Road in unincorporated south Lakeland. Medina, who was driving a silver 2016 Kia Sorrento westbound on Clubhouse Road where it terminates at Live Oak Road, had driven through Live Oak Road and off the roadway and through a fence before her car came to rest near a tree in a residential backyard, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. No other vehicles were involved.
Medina didn’t suffer any injuries from the crash, nor did a child who also in the vehicle. The child abuse without great bodily harm charge stems from the child being placed in immediate danger of injury and/or death by the actions of Medina, Sheriff’s Office officials said.
According to an affidavit, Medina's eyes were bloodshot and watery and she slurred her speech. She consented to and failed a standardized field sobriety test.
Medina told deputies she was on her way home from a graduation party and had one glass of wine. She claimed her brakes failed at the intersection. Medina is employed as an attendance counselor at Lakeland Christian School.
"There is no excuse for placing a child in danger. Thankfully, no one was hurt or killed in this crash,” said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. “Please, call a friend or family member, or use the numerous resources available - just don't drink and drive."
Medina was arrested for DUI with property damage and child abuse without great bodily harm and was transported to the Polk County Jail where her blood alcohol level was recorded as 0.118 and 0.129 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. The legal threshold for DUI is 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. She is currently being held without bond.