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Old 07-12-2017, 12:54 PM
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Default Hispanic Latina Politician staffer arrested on DUI charge - hitting motorcyclist with kids in car

A staffer for U.S. Rep. Darren Soto was arrested Friday on a DUI charge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Cecilia Cruz was southbound on State Road 417 near John Young Parkway with her two kids in the car when she rear-ended a motorcyclist, troopers said.

The motorcyclist suffered a skull fracture but is expected to survive.

Troopers say Cruz’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and her breath smelled of alcohol. She blew a .119, according to troopers. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.

Cruz has worked with Soto since 2008, when he was a Florida state representative. She is a field representative and military liaison.

Troopers said they also found an open can of beer in the car that was cold to the touch.

“I am deeply disappointed in Ms. [Cruz’s] actions,” Soto said in a statement. “We have suspended her with pay pending further investigation and have instructed her to begin alcohol rehabilitation classes immediately.”

Cruz said she was coming from a work event where she had a “couple glasses of wine” and was driving to St. Petersburg to a friend’s house.

She was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license while causing serious injury and child endangerment, troopers say.

The children, ages 14 and 9, were released to a relative. The Department of Children and Families was notified.

Cruz was taken to the Orange County Jail, where she has since bonded out.

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