Symetra Tour player cited in DUI arrest
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Rachel Connor, an English golfer on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Connor, 21, a Bradenton resident from Manchester, England, reportedly was stopped shortly after 2 a.m. when a Sarasota County deputy sheriff reported her car going about 40 mph in a 20-mph zone on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key.
The deputy “smelled a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” according to the incident report cited by the Herald-Tribune.
Eddie George, a Heisman Trophy-winning running back from Ohio State and a former NFL star, was a passenger in Connor’s car but was not detained. Connor, a former student at IMG Academies in Bradenton, had been participating with George in a local golf tournament.
According to the incident report, the deputy said that Connor failed field-sobriety tests and that her blood alcohol level on a breathalyzer registered at .133 and .137. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Connor said she consumed two vodka cranberry drinks, the deputy reported.
“I felt like I was OK to drive,” Connor was quoted in the report.
She was released that afternoon on $500 bond.
Last year on the Futures Tour, her second on the LPGA’s developmental circuit, Connor played in 11 tournaments, earning $6,623 to rank 85th on the season money list.