Intoxicated motorist arrested after fleeing on wrong side of U.S. 1


A 26-year-old Key Largo woman was arrested Tuesday night after she fled from Deputies on the wrong side of U.S. 1.


There were no crashes and no reported injuries.


Heather Leigh Huston was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, DUI, DUI with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher and possession of a controlled substance (several amphetamine pills) without a subscription.


The incident began at approximately 10:46 p.m. when Deputy Richard Rodriguez reported seeing a black Cadillac sedan traveling northbound in the U.S. 1 southbound lanes near Mile Marker 103. Deputy Rodriguez had to veer off the highway to avoid a collision. Deputy Rodriguez radioed the vehicle was traveling faster than 85 mph in the 45 mph zone. Sgt. Orlando Alvarez then spotted the Cadillac near Mile Marker 104. The Sheriff’s Office previously received calls from other motorists that the driver was traveling at least 100 mph.


The driver of the Cadillac, later identified as Huston, did not stop when Deputies turned on their lights and sirens. The decision was made to not deploy tire spikes as Deputies feared the Cadillac would lose control and hit another vehicle traveling in the correct direction. The Cadillac finally turned into the correct northbound lanes at Mile Marker 106. The Cadillac stopped at Mile Marker 107 and Huston was taken into custody without incident. The Florida Highway Patrol assisted.


A .172 blood alcohol breath sample was later taken from Huston.  .08 is the legal limit in Florida.


Huston was taken to jail.