US

Staffer For Florida Rep. Arrested On DUI After Hitting Motorcycle With Kids In Her Car

Cecilia Cruz Mugshot/Orlando Sentinel Screen shot

Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Jack Crowe Political Reporter

A longtime staffer for Democratic Rep. Darren Soto of Florida was arrested Friday on a DUI charge after rear ending a motorcyclist with her two kids in the car.

Cecilia Cruz was driving southbound on an Orlando highway on a suspended license when she hit the motorcyclist causing a skull fracture, troopers told the Orlando Sentinel. The motorcyclist is expected to survive.

Cruz’s eyes were watery and bloodshot and her breath smelled of alcohol and she blew a .119. Florida’s legal limit is .08. Troopers also found a cold can of beer in her cupholder.

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. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: VA Employee Convicted Of DUI Three Times Returns To Work At Memphis VA Medical Center)

Cruz was taken to the Orange County Jail but has since been released after posting bond.

Follow Jack on Twitter

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.