A Florida woman is facing several charges after she hurled racial slurs at an African-American deputy and threatened him with a visit from the Ku Klux Klan after he busted her for drunken driving last week.
Authorities were responding to a late-night disturbance near Montgomery Street in Deland, Fla. on Feb. 7 when they spotted 53-year-old Julie Edwards driving her car in reverse, local station WFTV 9 reported. As they approached the vehicle, Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies said they immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver.
Officers handcuffed Edwards after she refused a breathalyzer test, according to an arrest report. She then dropped to the ground and refused to get up, despite officers’ demands for her to stand. It took assistance from another deputy to finally get the inebriated driver back on her feet.
As the Black deputy was attempting to fill out paperwork, Edwards allegedly told him “the Ku Klux Klan would be seeing him and burning crosses on his property,” according to the report. She also used a racial slur against the deputy in regards to slavery, it said.
Edwards, who had a prior refusal to submit to testing from a 2011 DUI, was subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, threats against an officer, resisting an officer without violence and prior refusal to submit to testing.
She was transported to the Volusia County Jail but is no longer in custody after posting $2,500 bond, according to WNDB News.