Villager loses license for 10 years in drunk driving arrest after leaving town square

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Diane-Marie Pavlek

A woman in the village of Marsh Bend will lose her driver’s license for 10 years in an arrest for impaired driving that occurred as she left a public square and got lost.

Dianne Marie Pavelek, 63, earlier this month in Sumter County Court, argued without question to the felony charge of drunk driving. In addition to losing her license, she was placed on probation for three years and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

The New London, Connecticut native was previously arrested for impaired driving in 2009 and 2011 in Michigan.

A Community Watch driver spotted her vehicle on the night of November 28 and feared the driver was suffering from a medical episode. He pulled over to the side of the vehicle on Fenwick Loop and made contact with Pavelek, who had urinated on herself.

She told the Community Watch driver that she lives in the village of Marsh Bend and asked him to follow her home. He could smell “the strong smell of an alcoholic drink” coming from the vehicle. He called his supervisor who asked him to contact the sheriff’s office to report a suspected drunk driver.

When a deputy arrived at the scene, Pavelek told her she was “lost and just wanted to come home,” according to the report. She said she had been to the Villages Polo Fields where she “had a few drinks” and then went to “Sumter Landing Lake Square where she drank more alcohol and danced”. After leaving the square, she got lost. She added that she had been in the square with her group of singles.

The deputy invited her to participate in sobriety exercises in the field and asked her if she had any physical problems that could impact her performance. She said she had “tennis elbow” but tried to show a dance move which caused her to fall backwards. Around the time when the exercises were due to start, Pavlek started to walk away.

“I asked her where she was going and she said she was going to dance,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

She refused to cooperate and started to cry.

“I’m sure I’m drunk and just want to go home!” She said to the deputy.

As Pavlek was transported to the Sumter County Detention Center, she started banging her head against the bulkhead of the patrol car. She provided breath samples which recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.233 and 0.230.


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