2 Miami Sisters Traveling in Same Car Both Charged With DUI: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Steffany Miranda, 18, and Vanessa Miranda, 24, switched seats after the Volkswagen they were in was stopped, the sheriff's office said

Monday, Jul 1, 2013  |  Updated 2:20 PM CDT
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Two sisters from Miami were both charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in the Florida Keys Saturday night, authorities said.

After they were stopped by deputies, Steffany Miranda, 18, and Vanessa Miranda, 24, switched seats in the Volkswagen they were traveling in, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes, who followed the car north from the 23-mile marker to the 30-mile marker of U.S. 1, saw the Volkswagen swerving, increasing and decreasing speeds and braking suddenly, according to the sheriff’s office.

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When Martin-Reyes turned on his vehicle’s lights and siren, the Volkswagen stopped suddenly in the traffic lane, and through the back window he could see the driver and passenger quickly switch seats, the sheriff’s office said.

After Deputy Spencer Curry arrived, the two deputies had the Mirandas perform field sobriety exercises. Both had trouble doing so, and they were visibly impaired and smelled of alcohol, according to the deputies.

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Both sisters were charged with DUI because at some point they were both in control of the car behind the steering wheel with the keys in the ignition, the sheriff’s office said.

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It wasn’t immediately known whether they have an attorney.

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