LEE COUNTY

A woman dropped some big names when she was arrested for disorderly conduct during a traffic stop in Lee County.

Christine DeRama was pulled over shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 7.

Usually WINK News gives her picture. However, it was blacked out on the Lee County website. This is unusual as it primarily happens to fast responders, which Deramo is not.

Although DeRama is a Lee County Commissioner, an aide to Cecil Pendergrass.

Deputies said Pendergrass was one of the names she dropped while trying to avoid trouble for speeding and drifting on Alica Road.

The report says Derama told the deputy she didn’t want to put the deputy in a bad position, despite the fact that her eyes were bloodshot and watery and the vehicle smelled strongly of alcohol.

While under arrest and en route to jail, deputies said she tried again: “I guess it would have been too late for me to ask Carmine to call …,” DeRama said.

WINK News reached out to both Pendergrass’ office and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for comment, but have not heard back.

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