The attorney for the chairwoman of the Nassau County Board of Commissioners spoke Monday about her arrest on a DUI charge.
Stacy Johnson, 38, spent Friday night in jail, though her attorney, Gary Baker, said there's a lot of "red flags" when it comes to her arrest.
"She tells me she was not impaired," Baker said. "She has witnesses that will be able to prove that, and it's our position that it's politically motivated. How often do you get arrested in your driveway for DUI?"
According to an arrest report, another woman called 911 about 10:15 p.m. Friday to report someone driving erratically, running off the road and nearly hitting a car head-on.
The report says a Nassau County Sheriff's Office volunteer followed Johnson until a deputy arrived. The deputy followed Johnson into her driveway, where she refused to take a field sobriety test, according to the report, but the deputy said he smelled alcohol and that Johnson had a flushed face, bloodshot eyes and was slurring her words.
"In my 34 years of practicing, some of the most interesting fiction I've read has been in a police report," Baker said. "So I take everything that's in a police report with a grain of salt until I can check it out, talk with witnesses myself and see if the civilian has contact or connection to the sheriff."
Johnson recently had a run-in with Nassau County Sheriff Tommy Seagraves for another incident involving alcohol.
A police report from March says Johnson got into an argument with a woman at the Ritz-Carlton bar in Amelia Island. Surveillance video caught Johnson being punched in the face.
Both women were given warnings for disorderly conduct, but the commissioner was later accused of trying to cover up the details of the dispute with Seagraves.
"I think people in leadership positions definitely need to set an example," Nassau County resident Melissa Hillier said. "They also need to be held to higher standards. People are watching them and looking to them for the example. A DUI or a fight, in my opinion, is not OK."
Johnson's attorney said she was out with friends for dinner and told him she had two drinks. After the incident at the Ritz-Carlton, Johnson announced she would not be seeking re-election when her term is up in November.
It's up to Gov. Rick Scott to suspend her from her current position as chair of the Nassau County Commission after her arrest this weekend.
The sheriff, county attorney and other commissioners would not comment Monday on Johnson's arrest.