Sebastian woman pulled over for using her cell phone while driving

Sarah Beach was arrested in Sebastian, Florida.
Sarah Beach was arrested in Sebastian, Florida.

A woman was arrested early Friday morning for DUI after police pulled her over for using a cell phone while driving.

Sarah Beach, 32, was traveling on U.S. Highway 1 in Sebastian at approximately 1:15 a.m. when police noticed the vehicle was driving too far to the right near the shoulder of the roadway.

“I observed that the vehicle started weaving within the right lane from left to right. I also observed a bright glow of what appeared to be a cell phone illuminating in the driver’s right hand,” the officer said.

Beach was observed, “actively typing with both hands” on the cell phone while operating the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Police stopped Beach at the intersection of Schumann Drive and U.S. Highway 1 in Sebastian.

“I could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle,” the officer said.

Beach told police that she had approximately four beers at a local bar before driving. She then told police that she received a prior DUI charge on March 22, 2015, and she would decline to conduct standardized field sobriety tests.

When police questioned her about texting while operating her vehicle, Beach stated she was texting her date at a local bar, according to the affidavit.

Beach was charged with DUI and transported to the Indian River County Jail where her bond was set at $1,000.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.