Breaking DUI Story: Found Only on This Blog

Slam Dunk’s blog where you the reader are provided breaking stories that may be picked up by the Associated Press and published nationally.

This item is from August of 2008:

Manatee County, Florida -- They say you live and learn.

But apparently, that's not the case for an Ellenton woman who was arrested on her 10th DUI charge over the weekend.

Deputies stopped Janet Landrum, 41, early Saturday morning. She told deputies she'd had two glasses of wine and had just left the Joyland Country Music Night Club on 14th Street in Bradenton.

Her passenger, Sammy Howard Campbell, told deputies he'd also bought a vodka and cranberry juice that Landrum drank. He also said Landrum was behind the wheel because he was too intoxicated to drive.

Landrum, who is 5'4" and 100 pounds according to the affidavit, had a blood alcohol level of .108.

Saturday's arrest was Landrum's 10th DUI arrest, according to records supplied by Dave Bristow, spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

In the last 20 years, Landrum has been arrested in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. She was arrested in Hillsborough County in 2005 for driving with a suspended license.

Law enforcement note that they are doing their job by arresting her, and they say it's up to the judicial system to see it through.

"But we can't follow her around [to make sure she doesn't drive on a suspended license]," Bristow said.

He said he has never heard of someone having as many DUI arrests.

"She might make it in the Guinness Book of World Records," he said…
So, why am I highlighting Ms. Landrum’s tenth DUI arrest from last summer?

Fast forward to yesterday at about 5 pm EST, when Landrum was booked for her eleventh DUI by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department.

It looks like Bristow was prophetic with his Guinness Book comment, but Landrum apparently needs eleven more DUI arrests to tie William Roberts of Wisconsin.

For Ms. Landrum, I guess being a self-employed CPA allows for lots of free time during months other than April. Also, her two booking photos seem to show an unconcerned and carefree defendant.

Good grief…

And for me, I’ll just sit back and watch this blog be cited across the nation when Landrum’s story becomes public.

This is your investigative reporter signing off.

Who just mumbled: “don’t quit your day job!!!”

Update: Ms. Landrum was also arrested on 7/19 by the Sarasota Sheriff's Office and charged with three counts of drug possession.


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

Well, if you can get your news off the net before AP gets it, then you are indeed doing something, aren't you? : )

I've heard some repeat DUI'ers (if that is a word) have to take breathalizers before they can turn the key of their cars. I suppose this doesn't help if they drive other cars, however.

It's also the responsibility of the drinking establishment to ensure no one drives home drunk,is it not? What is the extent of that responsibility? How about no one leaves without taking a breathalizer? Or is that some violation of the Constitution?

Raindog said...

There was a news story in my state a few years ago about a man with over 20 DUII convictions. They were trying to change the law to make multiple DUII a felony rather than a misdemeanor. It didn't work.

The Peach Tart said...

Well I used to be a CPA but I never got a DUI. She gives us a bad name. She seriously needs to be incarcerated. She is a menace to others.

thewarriorpoets said...

In Illinois she would have hit the felony threshhold a long time ago.

But here lies the problem with law enforcement in america. We can make all the arrests in the world, but if judges allow this type of recidivism, we're just spinning our wheels.

Slamdunk said...

Peach Tart: My attempt at humor was lacking with the crack on CPAs.

It was intended for someone who reads the blog who is in the accounting profession and is in no way indicative of the professional behavior of the large majority of CPAs.

fayezie said...

That's infuriating. Aren't licenses supposed to be REVOKED after 3? of course, that doesn't keep someone from getting behind the wheel, and that doesn't force them to change their lifestyles, either.

I guess she slept through DUI school?

I, ah-hem!, had "A", one, uno, DUI a few years ago, and it was the most horrific, embarrassing thing to go through. enough to keep me from ever getting behind the wheel again... not to mention the reality learned by attending the class, afterward.... the fine line between safe drinking and alcoholism.... of course, according to their standards half of the city of Savannah is at high-risk.... regardless, my point is that this woman needs to be shaken into reality. if it's not too late.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for your perspective Faye, Katherine, RD, and Christopher.

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Rodney said...

Oh hell ya ,, The drug charges have been dropped and she was handed four years in prison for felony dui, so she is now getting a jury trial on Feb 7 2011 at the Manatee co courthouse..
I really hope she goes free..........
Janet will really be in need of a drink after court so lets all of us buy her one..........................
She is facing four to eight years in prison if found guilty..

Rodney said...

Janet Landrum is in prison now..

Release date is 2013

look at Florida prison search to find her

Slamdunk said...

@ Rodney: Thank you for the update. It sounds like she will have lots of time to think about her issues.