Sebastian woman asks deputy if she could sniff cocaine found in purse

A woman asked the deputy an unusual question in Sebastian, Florida.
A woman asked the deputy an unusual question in Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – A woman who was caught with cocaine during a DUI stop tells the officer she’s willing to sniff it to prove she doesn’t do it, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Elizabeth Hattie Salvino, 25, was stopped for speeding Saturday night and charged with Cocaine Possession, and DUI.

“I observed the defendant’s eyes to be glossy and [she] slurred her speech while talking. I advised her my reasoning for conducting a traffic stop, and she admitted that she likes to speed,” the deputy said.

Salvino told the deputy she had one alcoholic drink and dropped her aunt off at her home in Palm Bay, the report said.

When police searched her purse, they found a small white bag containing a powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. Salvino said she didn’t know anything about the cocaine in her purse.

“The defendant stated she wanted to see the cocaine and was willing to sniff it to show me she does not do it,” the deputy said.

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After conducting a series of field sobriety exercises to determine if she was suitable to drive, Salvino was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail.

Salvino, who told the deputy she works as a receptionist, provided a breath sample that revealed her blood alcohol level was .185 and .173, approximately twice the legal limit. She posted $5,500 bond on Sunday.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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