Florida Keys woman bit corrections deputy in jail during DUI investigation, cops say

A 60-year-old Key West woman bit a corrections deputy while in jail during a DUI investigation, police say.

Deborah Bennett Odom was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and DUI, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday in a news release.

Around 3:15 p.m. Saturday, a deputy stopped a red Range Rover SUV near Mile Marker 82 after receiving reports of a reckless motorist and observing the vehicle swerving on U.S. 1.

“The driver, identified as Odom, appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol,” the sheriff’s office said. “She pulled away from deputies and attempted to unbuckle her seat belt while in the patrol vehicle.”

She then was taken to Plantation Key Jail, where she bit and kicked a corrections deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

Adam Lindhardt, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said on Monday the bite didn’t pierce the deputy’s skin. He also said that Odom refused to blow on a device that would have estimated how much alcohol was in her blood.

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Jail records show Odom’s bond was set at $10,000. She was released from jail Sunday night, Lindhardt said.