The Purchasing and Risk Manager for Marco Island has got herself in a heap of trouble after she was allegedly driving drunk and crashed her Cadillac Escalade. The Naples Daily News reported that Lina Upham, 35, was arrested on July 7thafter a witness told police she had crossed the center median and crashed her vehicle near Collier Boulevard and Championship Drive. Another witness said they saw Upham traveling at a high rate of speed before she crossed into oncoming traffic and landed in the water.
When Collier County Sheriff deputies arrived at the scene around 4:17 p.m., they found Upham’s Cadillac partially submerged in the water. Another witness told deputies that she was helped out of the water by a good Samaritan and that person told officials he had smelled alcohol on Upham. That same witness also reported to police that Upham had “an unsteady gaze and balance.”
 
Upham also had a few things of her own to say to emergency medical personnel as well as the deputies who arrived at the scene.
 
Apparently, Upham admitted that she should not have been driving as she had too much to drink. It was also written in the incident report that Upham told deputies that she wasn’t the one driving the Cadillac, but that another person was driving while she was “performing a sex act on him.” But, all of the witnesses to the crash said that Upham was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Medics eventually transported Upham to the emergency room and deputies reported that her “eyes were bloodshot and glassy, her speech was slurred and it seemed difficult for her to stay focused on one topic, and her movements were slow and labored.” Things continued to go downhill for Upham after she tried to remove the IV that had been placed in her arm and attempted to leave the hospital. That is when police placed Upham under arrest and took her to the Naples Jail Center. Upham then refused to submit to a breath test and was charged with DUI first offense. She was released from jail the next day after posting her $1,000 bond.
Upham was hired by the Marco Island Growth Management Department eight years ago and started out as an intern. As she worked her way up, she then transferred over to the Finance Department and worked up to her current position. Although it isn’t clear how this DUI charge will affect her career, she is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 1stand hopefully she will have a Naples, FL DUI defense attorney representing her at that time.
If you were recently arrested for DUI in Naples, FL, it would be in your best interest to hire a DUI defense lawyer who can provide you with the legal assistance you will need throughout the duration of your case.
After being arrested for DUI in Naples, FL it is important to understand that the charge is not a conviction and you still have time to fight it. But, the only way you stand a chance at getting your charge reduced so that the penalties aren’t as severe is with the help of a skilled DUI lawyer in Naples, FLAttorney Michael M. Raheb is one of the best lawyers in Naples who represents clients facing DUI charges. He can provide you with the support that you need if you were recently charged with DUI and help get your charge reduced or even dismissed.
 
If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your arrest more in-depth, visit or call The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. today at:
3606 Enterprise Avenue, Suite 358
Naples, FL 34104
239-226-0889

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