Dash-cam video shows arrest of Barbara Walter's daughter
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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Collier County Sheriffs Office is releasing the deputy dash-cam video and 911 call surrounding the arrest of Barbara Walter's daughter last May.
9-1-1: Collier County 9-1-1 what is the address of your emergency?
CALLER: I'm driving north on 1-75. There's an SUV stopped in the middle of the road with his lights out!
When deputies got to the scene, they found a white 2012 Honda Pilot. Deputies say that they found the SUV moved to the side of the road, from the middle lane that the 911 caller reported.
Deputies say they found 44-year-old Jacqueline Walters Danforth, daughter of media icon Barbara Walters in the car, intoxicated.
DEPUTY: Hello! You're gonna get hurt lady, you're gonna get hurt!
Danforth's boyfriend was also inside the car. The dash-cam video shows he needed assistance even to stand up.
DEPUTY: You almost walked into the highway, this is 1-75.
The dash-cam video shows deputies removing Danforth's boyfriend from the car and handcuff him. In an arrest report, deputies said they feared that he might run into the highway and injure himself.
DEPUTY: We're gonna do this for safety.
According to an arrest report, just seeing her boyfriend handcuffed was enough to upset Danforth. They say she lunged at a deputy, screaming and shouting. Deputies then place her in handcuffs as well.
In the arrest report deputies also say that Danforth "seemed and smelled intoxicated" and was unable to answer basic questions about where she had been earlier that night.
The report also says that Danforth refused a field sobriety test. She was taken to jail where a breathalyzer test was administered and deputies say her blood alcohol was 0.218, almost three times the legal limit.
That arrest would never have been made without the call from a concerned driver.
CALLER: I don't know if there's anybody in there but it's gonna cause some fatalities.