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Assistant City Attorney Fired After Drinking and Driving Incident

dui-lawyer-south-florida-2In February, there was a significant incident involving the Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor and the city of Port St. Lucie that resulted in the termination of her career. On February 24th, I had posted about Taylor and how she had completely avoided a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test after being pulled over on suspicions of drinking and driving. Instead of performing these tests which potentially could lead to an arrest, the officer on duty actually gave the attorney a ride home. The actions taken by law enforcement has caused an series of arguments and
questions directed at city officials.

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According to an article in WPTV News, Mayor JoAnn Faiella confirmed Thursday that Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor has been fired after her alcohol-related incident in February. Despite the announcement, City Council is moving forward with a meeting to question city and police officials regarding Taylor’s suspicious traffic stop.

According to the article, Taylor, 45, was stopped by Officer N. Lovechio after she was seen speeding at 60 mph and swerving eastbound on Port St. Lucie Boulevard and northbound on U.S. 1, according to a memo written by the officer. It states Lovechio could smell the odor of alcohol as he approached Taylor’s car, and when he recognized the assistant city attorney, he noticed her speech was slurred and her eyes bloodshot.

Although the memo states Lovechio believed Taylor was impaired due to alcohol, she was not given a field sobriety test nor was she cited or arrested. Instead, a police officer drove her home.

Orr has been publicly criticized by some residents for hiring Taylor despite her work history, which shows she left two previous jobs after alcohol-related incidents, according to public documents and newspaper reports. In 2005, she first resigned as general counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and then was fired from the same position with Nassau County.

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A DUI conviction can result in so many serious consequences it will change your life. Starting with losing your driving privileges, and risking the inability to find certain jobs or live in certain places, it is a crime you cannot afford to be convicted of. If you have been arrested for a DUI you need to contact an experienced South Florida DUI lawyer immediately.

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