Stephanie Bloodworth, a lady from Florida who was 24 years old at the time, was stopped by the police on Duck Key, Florida, in February 2022 because she was driving her Tesla at an unsafe pace. The officers had a reasonable suspicion that she had been driving under the influence, so they sought to place her under arrest. Bloodworth refused to comply with the officers’ requests and was overheard bragging to them that she “owned the island.” After then, she got in the car and made an attempt to get away from the situation.
While Bloodworth fought and yelled and cried on the phone with her father, a female cop came to assist with the arrest. Together, the two officers attempted to control Bloodworth while she was being arrested. Bloodworth made many requests to the authorities to release her so that her father, who, according to her, “owns the island,” might come and save her. There is a tiny island in the Florida Keys known as Duck Key.
Bloodworth was arrested and charged with resisting an officer, escaping police, driving under the influence of alcohol, and a moving traffic infraction for careless driving even though she pleaded with them not to. She was arrested for DUI and sent to the station for a sobriety examination, where she battled mightily to pass the breathalyzer test. According to the materials presented in court, she struggled significantly with drug misuse and expressed a desire to work on these difficulties while participating in the Jail Incarceration Program.
Bloodworth paid the bail required for her charges and was granted an exception to her probation so that she could go on a cruise in the Royal Caribbean while she was still on it.
This episode gained notice owing to the unique allegation that her father “owns the island” and her effort to evade arrest by citing her father’s power. Both of these aspects of her behavior received a lot of attention.