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Police: Woman who struck sign, pole was drunk

Police in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, investigated a scene recently where a vehicle had collided with the sign outside of a business and a telephone pole. They accused the woman behind the wheel of that vehicle of DUI.

The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 17 and 36th Avenue South. When police arrived on the scene, they could not find the driver immediately. What they did find was the damaged sign for King's Pizza. Media reports stated that the sign might have even been on fire at one point. A telephone pole was also broken and emergency crews worked to make sure that everyone in the area was not injured by the wires that had fallen.

The first officer to arrive at the scene of the crash later said that when he arrived, the driver was allegedly trying to get in a taxi to flee the scene. The officer stopped her from getting in the vehicle, but claimed that the woman asked the cab driver for mints in order to disguise the odor of alcohol on her breath.

The woman explained to police that she was driving home from work at a local pub. She claimed that her attention was diverted from the road as she texted, which resulted in her colliding with the telephone pole.

Law enforcers put her through two field sobriety tests after she told them she had two drinks that night. After the tests, police claim she confessed to having four mixed drinks over the course of a five-hour period.

The woman was sent to a medical facility to be treated for her injuries. Police requested a blood alcohol test while she was there to determine her blood alcohol content.

The woman is expected to be charged with drunk driving. This driving offense is very serious, and often results in hefty fines, loss of driving privileges and even time behind bars. She can choose to fight the charges in court if she is convinced of her innocence.

Source: WMBFNews.com, "DUI suspect tried to flee scene in cab," March 15, 2013

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