Cecilia Cruz, a longtime staffer for Democratic Rep. Darren Soto of Florida, was arrested this week and caught driving under the influence with her children in her backseat. Cruz had rear-ended a motorcycle, causing police to swarm the scene.
Cruz was already driving on a suspended license when she decided to go down an Orlando highway. The motorcyclist she crashed into suffered a head injury, but is expected to survive.
When police arrived, they saw beer in her cup holder. After testing it, she blew a .119 on the breathalyzer. Florida’s legal limit is .08.
The Daily Caller reports:
Cruz has worked with Soto since 2008 when he was a Florida state senator. She currently serves as a field representative and military liaison.
“I am deeply disappointed in Ms. [Cruz’s] actions,” Soto said in a statement. “We have suspended her with pay pending further investigation and have instructed her to begin alcohol rehabilitation classes immediately.”
Cruz told officers she was on her way to a friend’s house in St. Petersburg after leaving a work event where she had “a couple glasses of wine.”
She was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license while causing serious injury and child endangerment. Her children, age 14 and 9, were released to a relative.
The arrest comes as the Department of Veteran Affairs has recently taken moves to clean up employees with repeated instances of wrongdoing.
Cruz was taken to the Orange County Jail but has since been released after posting bond.
Democrats have a way of protecting their own, especially in local government.
It remains to be seen if Cruz will be punished at her job as well.