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South Tampa Teen Charged With 3 DUIs in 3 Weeks

Kimberly McCarthy, 18, of Bayshore Beautiful, was arrested three times in 18 days. She was sent back to jail Monday after a judge denied her bond.

A South Tampa teenager recently racked up three DUI charges within a three-week period, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Kimberly McCarthy, 18, was arrested three times in 18 days:

  • On Feb. 24, she was pulled over at Palm River Road and 50th Street, where Tampa Police found 12 Xanax pills, marijuana, a bong and an opened bottle of Sailor Jerry spiced rum in the van she was driving, according to the Times and arrest records.
  • On March 11 — after the the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sent McCarthy a letter stating it was suspending her license, according to the Times — she was pulled over at West Kennedy Boulevard and West Tampania Avenue and found to be in possession of marijuana, police said.
  • The next day, March 12, McCarthy was again arrested on a DUI charge after she rear-ended a car near West Azeele Street and South MacDill Avenue. Police found marijuana, a bong, a roach clip and a glass pipe in her van, the Times reports, though McCarthy told officers she "didn't know that smoking marijuana and driving would be a DUI. I just like smoking marijuana."

On McCarthy's last two arrests she was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.00, though police believed she was impaired and urine analysis results are pending.

McCarthy was sent back to Hillsborough County Jail on Monday after a judge denied her bond.

The Times spoke to McCarthy's adoptive father, David McCarthy, on Monday at the family's Bayshore Beautiful home, where he said the teen "has a good streak in there" but smokes marijuana and hangs out with the wrong crowd.

Alice James March 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Keep her off the road before she kills somebody! Are you kidding me, Hillsborough County? And the parents? What are you doing? Forget the 'beautiful' home and RAISE YOUR CHILD! GET HER SOME HELP!!!!!!!!!!!1
Rosa M. April 02, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I get pulled over for having a headlight out, but this girl gets to be on the road?!?!?! Seriously??!!

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