A onetime cast member of "The Real Housewives of Miami" television show says an infestation of cockroaches led to her early Sunday arrest in Key Largo for driving with a suspended license with knowledge.
But the Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy who arrested her wrote in his report that he and his supervisor gave her fair warning before seizing her license earlier in the morning, telling her not to drive.
"The police down there are overzealous," Ana Quincoces, 50, of Coral Gables said Monday. She starred in the Bravo cable network's second season of the show in 2012 and had smaller roles in 2011 and 2013.
"It was an administrative glitch," she said.
Deputy Bryan Cross wrote in his report that he was doing a security check of the Key Largo Community Park at mile marker 99 of U.S. 1 around 3:40 a.m. when he saw Quincoces drive by the park on Laguna Avenue in her Subaru sport utility vehicle. She was heading toward U.S. 1.
He wrote that he recognized the SUV and Quincoces through the auto's window because of a "previous disturbance call" on Bahama Avenue. During that call, "Quincoces was informed by me and Sgt. [Sydney] Whitehouse that her Florida drivers license had been suspended indefinitely" on Feb. 9 and "she was not to drive." They seized her license during that earlier call.
Cross pulled her over in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at mile marker 99.7 and "began to ask Quincoces why she was driving the vehicle after being told not to drive ... she was unable to provide a valid answer."
He told her several more times she had received "several warnings and chances ... given during our previous encounter," and "even explained to Quincoces the reasons why" they took her license earlier.
She was taken to the Plantation Key jail on the misdemeanor charge and released on her own recognizance Sunday at 5:14 a.m.
Quincoces said Monday that all she wanted to do was get back to Coral Gables because the Key Largo house where she was staying, a listing of a Realtor friend, was infested with cockroaches and she couldn't take it. She said she fears cockroaches.
"I just wanted to get home," she said, adding that "I didn't realize I had a suspended license" even though police say she received repeated warnings a short time earlier.
Outside of "The Real Housewives of Miami," Quincoces has twice guest-hosted "The View" on ABC and appeared on ABC's "The Chew" cooking show, according to www.imdb.com. She's also been on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and the Mexican TV series "Sabores de Familia."