Connecticut Woman Arrested Twice in the Same Day for Drunk Driving

By GQ Pan

A Connecticut woman was arrested twice within hours for allegedly driving under the influence, local police say.

64-year-old Ellen Needleman-O’Neill, of Wilton, crashed her 2012 Lexus sedan into a parked car on Sept. 7, at around 2:30 p.m., according to Wilton Daily Voice. Police officers arrived at the scene and noticed the odor of alcohol on Needleman-O’Neill’s breath.

They then asked her to complete a series of field sobriety tests, which police say she failed. A later chemical test showed that she had a blood alcohol level of 0.22—nearly triple the legal limit under Connecticut DUI law.

Needleman-O’Neill was arrested and transported to police headquarters. She was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and possession of a controlled substance that was found when officers searched her belongings.

A few hours after being released on her promise to show for her scheduled court date, Needleman-O’Neill headed to a liquor store, reported the local news outlet.

Police pulled the woman over after she left the liquor store. She was found to still be under the influence, according to police, who also determined that she was driving an unregistered car without a valid driver’s license, since her right to drive had been revoked just a few hours earlier.

At police headquarters, Needleman-O’Neill took a breath test and police said her results this time were 0.09—still above the limit. She was arrested once again with additional charges for DUI, operating a motor vehicle while her right to drive had been revoked, operating unregistered motor vehicle, and driving without a license.

The 64-year-old was released on a bond of $230 and given a second court date on September 17.

Drunk Driver Crashes into Brakes Shop After Brakes Fail

An Alabama driver under the influence crashed into a brakes shop last month due to malfunctioning breaks.

Jaderric Freeman, 21, was arrested by the police early on Aug. 10 after crashing into the Brakes 4 Less shop in Greenville, South Carolina. Police said Freeman, after losing control of his vehicle, crashed into another car before careening into the shop to damage several more cars inside.

A photo posted to Greenville Police Department’s Facebook Page shows the shop’s front door and windows were gone, with broken glass everywhere.

The driver of the vehicle Freeman initially hit was transported to an area medical facility with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Freeman was charged with driving under the influence after the incident.