Oldsmar Vice Mayor Charged with Third Offense DUI after Hillsborough Avenue Crash
Hillsborough deputies say she also refused to provide a breath sample.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Linda Norris, the vice mayor of Oldsmar, was arrested and charged with impaired driving after causing a three-vehicle crash, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Norris, 59, was charged with one count each of Driving Under the Influence Third Conviction and Refusal to Submit to Testing.
Norris, who has lived in Oldsmar since 1999, served two terms on the Oldsmar City Council from 2010 to 2016, according to the city’s website. She is now serving the two remaining years in seat 1 and also serves as the city’s vice mayor. The website says she is a business owner.
Hillsborough deputies said they arrested a reckless driver, later identified as Norris, who caused a three-vehicle pile-up in Oldsmar.
The crash happened about 10:30 this morning (Aug. 12) on W Hillsborough Avenue and RaceTrack Road in Hillsborough County.
A witness called 911 after seeing a red Tesla traveling erratically on Hillsborough Avenue and then rear-ending another vehicle. Deputies said the crash caused the victim’s vehicle to rear-end the car in front of it.
When deputies arrived, they asked the Norris to step out of the Tesla. Deputies said they “immediately noticed she was slurring her words and her movements appeared unstable.” Deputies asked her where she was going and where she came from but said Norris was unable to provide a clear answer.
Inside her vehicle, deputies said they found an open container of Fireball in the center console and two additional, but closed, bottles in her purse.
Unable to pass the field sobriety exercises, and refusing to give a breath sample, Norris was placed under arrest.
No one involved in the three-vehicle crash reported injuries.
“It’s infuriating to know some drivers have no respect for the law or the lives around them,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Furthermore, Linda Norris is a public official and should behave accordingly. Instead, she serves as an example of our commitment to identifying and catching those who break the law, no matter who they are.”
PHOTOS FROM SCENE OF THE ARREST COURTESY OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
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