HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A South Florida teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence after she crashed her BMW into a dump truck on Florida's Turnpike in Hollywood, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Ilana Muransky, 26, of Davie, was driving north on Florida's Turnpike, just south of Miramar Parkway, shortly after midnight when she crashed her BMW into the back of a dump truck, the FHP arrest report said.
A state trooper who was questioning Muransky about the crash smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath and noticed she had watery eyes, slurred speech and had trouble keeping her balance while talking, the report said.
Muransky told the trooper that she had been drinking, but she said she only had one alcoholic beverage, the report said.
When the trooper told her that he was going to conduct a field-sobriety exercise, Muransky told him that her left leg was hurting her, but she agreed to the exercise because she "wanted to prove to me that she was not drunk," the trooper wrote in the report.
Muransky took off her high heels to have better balance but still failed to follow the trooper's instructions, the report said.
After the trooper told Muransky that he was placing her under arrest, she asked him if she could perform the exercises again, the report said.
Muransky refused to consent to a breath test, the report said. She was taken to Plantation General Hospital before being booked into the main Broward County jail.
According to Muransky's LinkedIn page, she teaches second grade at Embassy Creek Elementary School.
Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew said Muransky has worked at the school since 2014.
Drew said school district policy requires Muransky to self-report the outcome of her arrest. Any disciplinary action would be based on a review of all documentation and information related to the incident.
"Her current status is not affected," Drew said.