A woman threw out some big names while being arrested for a DUI during a traffic stop in Lee County.
Christine Deramo was pulled over shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 7.
Ordinarily, WINK News would provide her mugshot. However, it’s been blacked out on the Lee County website. This is unusual since that primarily happens for first responders, which Deramo is not.
Although Deramo is Lee County commissioner, Cecil Pendergrass’ assistant.
Deputies said Pendergrass was one of the names she dropped attempting to avoid trouble for speeding and drifting on Alico Road.
The report said Deramo told the deputy she didn’t want to put the deputy in a bad position despite her eyes being bloodshot and watery with an overwhelming alcoholic odor emanating from the car.
While under arrest and on the way to jail, deputies said she tried one more time, “I guess it would be too late for me to ask to call Carmine…” Deramo said.
WINK News reached out to both Pendergrass’ office and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for comment, but we haven’t heard back.