Collier County Sheriff's deputies said investigators responded to a call from the Immokalee neighborhood around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday and saw Veronica Doctor, 45, walking away from the driver's side of the vehicle and appearing to have trouble balancing, WINK-TV, Fort Myers, Fla., reported Thursday.
Deputies said Doctor smelled strongly of alcohol and refused to speak to them.
A friend in the passenger's seat of the black GMC SUV told deputies Doctor had driven to her ex-boyfriend's house, where the former couple argued.
The ex-boyfriend was contacted and told deputies Doctor started driving in circles in his front yard when he refused to answer the door around 2 a.m. and he went out to confront her about being drunk.
The man said he attempted to walk away at the end of the argument and she chased him with the vehicle. He said Doctor struck the tree while attempting to run him down.
Doctor's blood alcohol content was measured at .259 at a local hospital, well over the legal limit of .08.
Doctor was charged with aggravated assault and driving under the influence.