Smiling woman charged with fourth DUI


LAKERDALE LAKES -- A 52-year-old woman was charged with her fourth DUI after passing a Broward Sheriff's deputy in Lauderdale Lakes, flashing a smile at him and speeding away in a PT Cruiser with a flat tire, according to a Broward County judge Wednesday.

Rebecca Lowery, 52, was charged with DUI, refusing to submit to a DUI test, failure to obey police, driving with a suspended license, careless driving and disobeying a red light.

Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley ordered her held on $102,000 bail during her first appearance court hearing Wednesday.

According to a police report read in court, he said Lowery, who was convicted of DUI in 1989, 1993 and last November, was driving along Oakland Park Boulevard on New Year's Day when she crossed paths with a deputy who had responded to an unrelated car crash.

The deputy saw Lowery drive past him about 2:24 p.m. and tried to stop her.

"You slowed down, then increased your speed and smiled at him as you drove past him," Hurley told Lowery, who held her face in her hands and shook her head during the hearing.

The deputy followed Lowery and witnessed her run a red light and nearly strike other cars as she swerved through traffic, Hurley said.

"It says that he had to drive his Sheriff's vehicle in front of your vehicle and have you contact his bumper to slow you down because you wouldn't stop," the judge said.

When the deputy finally stopped Lowery, she stumbled and staggered out of the car and refused to take any roadside sobriety exercises, he said. Lowery allegedly claimed to have been drinking earlier and said she just wanted "to go to detox," the judge said.

Beer cans were found in the car.

"You're driving when you shouldn't be driving, and you're a danger, ma'am," Hurley said, "And it doesn't appear that having a suspended or revoked license stops you from driving."

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