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Video released in Commissioner's DUI arrest

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Updated: 6/20/2012 4:35 am
YULEE, Fla. -- New dash cam video was released in the arrest of Nassau County Commissioner Stacy Johnson.

Nassau County Commissioner Stacy Johnson was arrested for DUI and the entire thing was caught on camera. In that profanity-laced rant, Johnson insults deputies and slams her own county.

According to Johnson's attorney, this was no simple arrest. Her lawyer accuses the Nassau County sheriff of setting her up, calling it the latest in an on-going feud. "I'm not afraid. I hate this job. I hate this county. I hate it," said Johnson from the back of a police car.

The sheriff's office released video of Johnson being arrested in her own driveway on a DUI charge over the weekend. "I'll take a sobriety test. I thought I could say no and I'd be ok. I'm telling you right now I'll take a sobriety test. I don't care. I don't want to go to jail. I have three kids. I'll take a sobriety test right now," said Johnson.

Johnson never did take the test. The officer said she couldn't change her mind after saying no the first time. Over the course of the 40 minute dash cam video, you can tell Johnson became increasingly frustrated, even started crying.  "I don't even care," said Johnson.

She says the arrest is part of a bigger conspiracy against her. "This is Seagraves at his best. I don't even care," said Johnson.

Johnson was reportedly involved in a fight at Ritz Carlton and then the sheriff said Johnson asked him to cover it up. It's evident from Johnson's tone during the arrest, she knew something like this would happen. "Do you know that I get pulled over like every other night? Do you know that," said Johnson to the deputy. "I get pulled over cause they want something on me...Tommy Seagraves, the 12-year-old with a badge and I'm in the back of a cop car and I don't know what's going on," said Johnson.
    
Stacy Johnson herself hasn't said much, but did post a response to a Twitter comment that said, "Until you know the whole story shouldn't be so quick to rush to judgment. It has been an honor to serve you."

The state attorney's office is not commenting on the case and all the other commissioners we called, didn't call us back.
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FYI4U - 6/21/2012 12:58 AM
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She's not running for re-election and her term is up in November, so the political set up theory makes no sense at all. Not to mention, she's already secured a new job at The Poker Room passing out chips and has been moonlighting there for months now while still holding her position as a commissioner. Ms. Johnson's problem is that she thinks she's untouchable and she'd rather call names and point fingers at concerned citizens and police officers trying to do the right thing, rather than be accountable for her actions. She got stopped because she was endangering innocent people's lives on her ride home from the bar. And I can assure you that she had more than just a glass of wine...locals who know her, know better, and she knows better, too, that's why she refused the field sobriety exercises and refused to do a breath test at the jail. It's just that simple.

grumpyoldman - 6/20/2012 12:16 PM
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UNBELIEVABLE!!!! This is BIG news???? Some drunk girl?????? I can show you dozens of them on any given night at almost any given Bar. NOTHING about the government giving guns to criminals who kill our police officers with them?????? That's not NEWS??????? NOW, The AG has begged the president into using executive privilege so they don't have to EXPLAIN THEMSELVES???? The AG LIES and the just retracts the statement and it's supposed to be OK??????????? TELL THAT TO ZIMMERMAN'S WIFE!!!!!!!! Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR.

nativejax - 6/20/2012 10:31 AM
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And Old Gypsy, if she confided in you long ago about this intimidation, you need to be telling this to her attorney, not on here. Her career and livelihood for her and her children may depend on it.

nativejax - 6/20/2012 10:26 AM
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If that's true, Old Gypsy, "shoulda, coulda, woulda"...She should have recorded and documented everything...so she could have THEIR jobs...not go out and have a 'glass of wine' etc. HIND SIGHT hurts. But your comment does sound like whats going on. I truly believe there should be classes for this type of 'psycological warfare' so "we the people' know how to handle it under pressure and legally so we arn't the bad guys all the time when. Especially when we choose certain professions. She is in the public's eye, she should of learned to 'play the game' instead of buckling under pressure.

viejo - 6/20/2012 10:09 AM
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Another example of trying someone in the media. Good job action news, who needs courts anymore.

Old Gypsy - 6/20/2012 10:04 AM
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Feds need to get involved. This is purely political. Stacy predicted this more than a month ago to me and had limited herself to one glass of wine when she goes out. She has been stopped multiple times in the past few weeks in an attempt to intimidate her to resign her seat. The corruption in Nassau County has no use for Stacy as she has not been corruptible.

george22p - 6/20/2012 7:58 AM
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Girl's just want to have fun.

imtellin - 6/20/2012 6:57 AM
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hey stupid, if you knew they were gunning for ya,, why did you ddo something to get busted.. kinda shows how dumb this bottle blond is !!! if you hated the folks & the job, resignation was an option,, but i'll bet you thought you were smarter than you !!! someone observed you slamming drinks & notified the law, who coincidently pulled you over in your driveway !!! they were behind you for long enough to observe you had a few,, more than is reasonable !!! the driveway stunt was done to embarrass you in front of neighbors... used it myself a few times !!!! they had your plate, knew where you lived, sat & waited for you to show up !!! gotcha !!!

mytlc4ever - 6/20/2012 5:54 AM
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You can listen to her and tell she is buzzed. This woman does NOT deserve to be serving the fine people of Nassau County. She should have removed herself from service the first redneck antic she pulled. What a piece of work. Even if it was a "set up" for her to say what she said about the job and the county deserves immediate removal from office!!!
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