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Kimberly Noelle Martin, DUI Suspect, Says She Wasn't Driving

Apr 08, 2013

A Central Florida woman charged with a DUI and oxycodone possession says it was all just a big misunderstanding.

Kimberly Noelle Martin, 26, is accused of driving under the influence with three young children in the car, according to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

A gas station employee told deputies that the woman "came speeding into the parking lot and slammed on the brakes in front of the gas pumps." The employee, who claimed to have been able to smell alcohol coming from the car, took Martin's car keys away. Deputies arrested Martin after she allegedly failed field sobriety tests.

Martin was charged with a DUI, possession of oxycodone, and tampering with evidence.

"I swear, I wasn't driving," Martin told the Ocala Star-Banner in a jail interview. Martin said that she had been drinking, but her mother-in-law was the one behind the wheel when the car pulled into the gas station.

According to Martin, she, her mother-in-law and the three kids -- aged 9, 6, and six months -- were headed to a jail to bond her husband out. Martin told the paper that she and her mother-in-law had been arguing, and when they got to the gas station, the woman got out of the vehicle and walked away.

She added that she repeatedly tried to tell deputies that she hadn't been driving, but they did not believe her.

Martin also noted that she was carrying oxycodone pills because her husband had a legal prescription for them, and she was bringing them to him in jail.

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