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Surgeon Mary Ann Gardner arrested, charged with DUI after crazy drive up I-275

12:17 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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Mary Ann Gardner

TAMPA, Florida -- "Oh, my God, he's gonna kill somebody!"

On 10 p.m. Sunday, a terrified husband and wife took cellphone video of an erratic driver on I-275.

The vehicle, a black Toyota FJ cruiser, was all over the road.  Bobby Blish and his wife were almost sideswiped, and that's when they called 911 and started recording.

"It was scary. Swerving all of the road, almost hitting the wall, almost hitting other drivers. It was crazy," said Blish.

"Oh, my God! He's all over the road!" said Blish's wife, her voice clearly panicked on the cellphone video.

The Blishes followed the Toyota to the Bearss Avenue exit, terrified by what they might see. "I was afraid I was going to see people die, the driver included. It was terrifying," said Blish's wife.

Eventually, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found the vehicle, pulled the driver over, and made an arrest for DUI. The next day, the Blishes looked up the arrest report and were shocked to learn the person driving was a woman, 49-year-old Mary Ann Gardner, an orthopedic surgeon at Veteran's Hospital in Tampa.

"She knows better," said Blish. "She is a doctor and there is no excuse. No excuse whatsoever. She could have killed somebody."

10 News knocked on the door at Gardner's New Tampa home after she bonded out of jail. No one answered, but the vehicle seen in the video, a black Toyota FJ Cruiser with a white top, was in the driveway.

Gardner's resume is highly impressive, listing schools like Brown, the Cleveland Clinic, and Vanderbilt. But now she is facing DUI, a charge that could end a very promising and highly prestigious career.


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