GAINESVILLE, Fla. —- “Hypocrite”– The former local president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was arrested in Florida for driving under the influence of alcohol according to the Gainesville Sun newspaper.
Debra Oberlin, 48, was pulled over by police at 1:10 a.m. on February 18 after officers reported seeing her driving erratically, swerving and crossing lanes, the police report stated.
When officers approached her vehicle they noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from her car and she allegedly had watery, bloodshot and dilated eyes.
Oberlin’s field sobriety test told the rest of the story, the paper reported, as she rang up between a .234 and .239 blood-alcohol level, far surpassing the state’s legal limit of .08.
In a statement to MailOnline.com Oberlin said the death of her mother during Christmas had affected her badly and that the drink-drive episode was a one-off.
Oberlin who was out with some friends listening to some music decided to give her friends a ride home because she thought they were over the limit.
‘I didn’t want them to drive,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know I was intoxicated. I hadn’t eaten all day. I thought I was overtired and I was hungry.
‘I screwed up. I’m really sorry.
‘I’m not this terrible, hypocritical person. I’m a hard-working person who has gone through the biggest personal loss in my life.
‘The physical stress, hunger and tiredness meant the alcohol affected me more than it normally would.’
Oberlin was the president of the local chapter of MADD for three years in the 1990’s.
We tried several times to contact Mrs. Oberlin to no avail.
A spokesperson from the national chapter of MADD did not return our repeated calls for comment.Tags: Florida, Gainesville, hypocrite, MADD Mother busted for DUI