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Posted in Misc Crime March 26th, 2009 @ 11:31 am

A recent article from the Associated Press reported a sixty-year-old Spokane, Washington woman who was on vacation in Wisconsin was arrested for drunken driving three times in three days.

The police stopped her on March 11th in the early afternoon when a county sheriff noticed that she was trying to drive out of a ditch near the Kohler Andrae State Park entrance. She was wearing only one shoe and her blood alcohol level was 0.21 – the legal limit is .08.

Twenty-fours hours later, she was arrested again when her car was stuck in the snow in a park campground that was closed for the winter. The woman said she had only four or six cups of wine before she got behind the wheel and she hadn’t finished the box of wine in her car. For this mishap, she spent 12 hours in jail and then was released.

After her release, she was arrested again after someone reported her driving all over the road. Police found a partial bottle of wine in her car and her blood alcohol level was 0.16. She must have been drinking the wine in her car that she hadn’t finished the day because she was in jail. For this drunken driving episode, she is sentenced to 30 days in jail and is fined more than $3,000.

What makes this very sad is that this woman obviously has a drinking problem and needs help. She is no criminal but needs help from Alcoholics Anonymous. Hopefully, a relative or friend will convince her to seek the help she needs. She must realize that her actions of drinking and driving may kill other people.

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