Juli Arnold, 49, of Fort Pierce
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FORT PIERCE — The clinical director of a women's drug and alcohol treatment center has resigned after she was arrested for the fourth time on charges of driving under the influence. Two of those previous arrests were in St. Lucie County.
Juli Arnold, 49, of the 7100 block of South Indian River Drive, also was charged with drug and pill possession and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test that estimates blood alcohol content from a breath sample in her arrest on Dec. 28, according to arrest and court records.
She also was cited for driving on a revoked license.
She resigned as clinical director and board member of the private nonprofit Counseling and Recovery Center Inc. on Orange Avenue, west of Fort Pierce, according to what the Florida Department of Children and Families has learned, state spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner said Wednesday. Arnold was on the agency's board.
The center does receive some state funding, but Hoeppner said she didn't know the amount and didn't have a way to find out on Wednesday.
Center Executive Director Jill Arnold declined to comment except to confirm what Hoeppner said. She did not say if she's related to Juli Arnold, who didn't respond to a request for comment.
Around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Juli Arnold was stopped by a St. Lucie County deputy who said one of her brake lights wasn't working as she drove east on Orange Avenue, according to the arrest affidavit.
The deputy had to repeatedly sound his siren before Arnold made a wide turn and parked on a sidewalk at South 29th Street, the report said.
The deputy wrote that she had a strong smell of alcohol coming from her mouth. He searched her tan Hyundai and, according to the affidavit, found a bag containing 9 grams of a substance that tested to be marijuana.
On the passenger's seat was an open container of an alcoholic beverage, a bottle of liquor in a cooler bag and an unlabeled bottle containing an assortment of prescription pills, the report said.
A female officer who was called in to search Juli Arnold quoted the driver as saying she had had two drinks.
Juli Arnold was charged with a fourth DUI offense and for refusing a Breathalyzer when her license was revoked, driving on a revoked license and for possession of marijuana and drugs without a prescription.
Her driver's license was revoked during August, 2004, reports show.
According to the St. Lucie County Clerk of Court's office, Juli Arnold had two DUI cases in St. Lucie County, one in 1994 and one in 1996. In both cases, she was put on probation. In the 1996 case, her driver's license was suspended for five years, the clerk's office said.
She is out of jail on $17,000 bail.
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