Amanda Soto, wife of U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL), was arrested on Sunday at Disney Springs and charged with disorderly intoxication.
The 33-year-old woman was with her mother when Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Heller saw her “holding … her mother by the straps of the backpack she was wearing in an attempt to keep her from walking away,” according to the arrest report, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
A security guard later told Heller that Soto and her mother had become “aggressive” toward each other.
Heller, who said both Soto and her mother appeared intoxicated, helped them call an Uber vehicle to take them home but Soto began yelling profanities at Heller and the driver.
Soto was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, where “she began banging [her] head against the window in what appeared to be an attempt to harm herself. Amanda was further restrained for her safety,” Heller stated.
She was booked into jail at 10:44 Sunday night, according to the jail’s online database, and was later freed on bond. The charge against her is a second-degree misdemeanor.
“It should be noted that I attempted to calm Amanda numerous times from her agitated state and that even while attempting to speak with her she continued to utter that her husband is a congressman, therefore, she can do whatever she wants,” Heller stated in the report.
Her husband, who was elected last year to serve Florida's Congressional District 9, later said that his wife suffers from depression and recently stopped taking her prescribed medication “in accordance with her treatment plan and under her doctor’s [supervision].’’
“Yesterday, she drank too much and reached an argumentative state with a family member, which led to arrest,’’ Soto said. “She deeply regrets her actions and takes full responsibility for them. Amanda and her physician will be reviewing her mental health treatment, immediately," the Sentinel reported.