A birthday celebration turned sour for a North Lauderdale couple when both were accused of DUI after a road-rage incident in Coral Springs, police said.
Records show it was the fourth DUI arrest for Michele Ann Rivera, 49, and the first for Stancel Ganus Kinsley, 68, who were returning home from Kinsley’s birthday outing at 1:13 p.m. Sunday.
Another motorist called 911 and told police Rivera was driving a 1999 silver Toyota 4Runner all over the southbound lanes in the 1200 block of North University Drive, according to the arrest report.
The witness told police Rivera stopped in the middle of traffic, got out of the driver’s seat, walked to the car behind her vehicle and yelled at that driver for following too closely. Rivera went back to her SUV but got in the passenger side after Kinsley went around the vehicle and got into the driver’s seat, the report stated.
When police arrived they noticed both Rivera and Kinsley had a strong odor of alcohol, watery, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Officers also found an open bottle of Smirnoff vodka in Rivera’s purse, police said.
After repeated police requests, Rivera agreed to take a roadside sobriety test but had trouble getting out of the SUV and walking around it, the report stated.
She was unable to complete several sobriety exercises and kept asking if she was under arrest. When Rivera was put in the back seat of a patrol car she noticed Kinsley was being arrested too. Rivera spontaneously blurted out, “He wasn’t driving, I was,” the report stated.
When Rivera and Kinsley were taken to the police station Rivera became loud and abusive. She lifted her skirt and flashed her bare buttocks at an officer saying, “This is the best you’ll ever have,” the arrest report stated.
She refused to take a breath-alcohol test but when asked if she had been drinking, Rivera said, “Obviously,” and admitted to having a few vodkas with cranberry juice since 8 a.m, police said.
Kinsley admitted to drinking since 10 a.m. at a restaurant. He failed several roadside sobriety tests and said, “I’m done, take me.” His breath-alcohol test was over the legal limit, police said.
He claimed several times to be the driver of the 4Runner, but later admitted Rivera was driving and that they had switched places just before police arrived, the report stated.
Rivera has a revoked license and a record that includes convictions for DUI in 1997, 2003 and 2010; leaving the scene of a crash and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Rivera is jailed on $66,000 bond. Kinsey was released on a $500 bond, court records showed.
Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.
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