Clewiston woman takes out $20k tree with car, charged with DUI

A Clewiston woman was arrested by police after she apparently ran her car into a tree and down a canal embankment on West Circle Drive the morning of June 29.

Zondra Crawford, 24, was arrested and charged with DUI and property damage on June 29. Police reportedly found her standing next to the canal on West Circle Drive near the intersection of Citrus at around 2:44 a.m.

A canary island date palm tree was snapped in half and lying in the canal near Crawford’s light green Chrysler sedan, which apparently rolled down the embankment leaving the front two tires submerged in the water, according to an arrest report released by the Clewiston Police Department.

Crawford reportedly told officers she was on her way home from a friend’s house when something ran out in the road in front of her car. She said she swerved to avoid hitting it and collided with the tree as a result.

According to sources, the canary island date palm trees which line West Circle Drive are worth around $20,000 when fully grown.

Officers asked Crawford to perform a field sobriety test and determined she could not safely operate a vehicle. Crawford was taken to the police station where she was given a breath test and reportedly blew 0.194.

Crawford was arrested and charged with DUI and damage of property. She was booked in the Hendry County Jail on June 29 and released the same day on a $2,000 bond.

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