Deputies Spencer Curry and Aaron Coller were at the scene of a domestic dispute just before the accident. A woman – 61 year old Teresa Weeks – was arguing with her husband. He was angry because she was intoxicated. The deputies left the home after the husband told them he was going to leave the house and take the eys to their vehicles with him so she could not drive.
Just minutes after leaving, at 10 p.m., they were dispatched to reports of an accident at the 23 mile marker. A sport utility vehicle had gone off the roadway into mangroves. Teresa Weeks was driving. A passerby stopped and said she saw weeks behind the wheel. She said Weeks was revving the engine, trying to get the car out of the mangroves. She said Weeks told her she “didn’t know what she’d done to her husband’s car”. She said she pulled Weeks out of the vehicle because it was smoking.
Firefighters responded to the scene because the car caught fire in the mangroves. They extinguished the fire. No one was injured in the crash. The roadway was closed, or partially closed until 11:10 p.m.
After failing roadside sobriety exercises, Weeks was arrested. She told Deputy Curry the accident would not have happened “if she’d had the keys to her car”. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.