Oklahoma Woman Allegedly Drove on Rim With Margarita in Cup Holder: Police

Tom Ozimek
By Tom Ozimek
April 2, 2019USshare
Oklahoma Woman Allegedly Drove on Rim With Margarita in Cup Holder: Police
Amy Ann Dillon faces a range of charges including DUI. (Tulsa Police Department)

Police in Oklahoma have arrested a woman on drunken driving charges after they said she was spotted driving without a tire and with a full margarita cocktail in her cup holder.

Amy Ann Dillon, 28, was pulled over after officers said they heard a loud grinding noise coming from an approaching vehicle, according to the Tulsa Police Department.

“We could hear her coming from a block away,” police said in a social media post.

When Dillon’s vehicle got closer, the deputies realized the noise came from the metal rim grinding on the asphalt.

“A driver drove up to our stop driving on a rim,” the Tulsa Police Department said in the Facebook status update.

car with missing tire
Police said they could hear Dillon’s car “coming from a block away” due to the bare rim grinding on the asphalt. (Tulsa Police Department)

“When asked how much she had to drink, she stated two tequila shots (said this as she could barely stand upright),” police later wrote.

According to the officers, Dillon also “did not do well” on field sobriety tests, and when deputies looked inside her car, they allegedly found a full container of margarita in her cup holder.

Police said they believe she “wrecked her car on something” prior to the arrest and “assume she was driving on [the metal rim] for some time.”
Dillon was booked at David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, where she grinned for a mugshot.

A breathalyzer later determined Dillon had a .21 blood-alcohol level.

She faces charges for DUI, operating a motorized vehicle with defective tires, transport of an open container, and driving without a license in possession.
Police said more charges could be filed against Dillon.

“She also could be facing hit and run charges if it discovered what she hit,” the police wrote.

Dillon was released from the Tulsa County jail Sunday after posting $2,000 bail, according to jail records cited by the Daily Mail.

Dillon has had previous run-ins with the law, Tulsa World reported. Last year, she entered no contest pleas to charges stemming from another DUI crash and was handed a one-year deferred sentence, according to the news outlet.

New DUI Laws in California

Devices that prevent people with prior DUI convictions from driving under the influence of alcohol will be installed more widely across California, according to a recent Epoch Times report.

After the conclusion of an eight-year pilot project, lawmakers announced the rollout of devices intended to prevent offenders from starting their cars after failing a breathalyzer test.

“SB 1046 will lead to safer roadways for all Californians,” Hill said in a statement when the Bill was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. “We’ve already seen this to be true in the four counties conducting the pilot program: ignition interlock devices (IIDs) have saved lives by preventing more than 1 million attempts to drink and drive since 2010.”

After the initial breathalyzer test on ignition, there are also random tests while driving to deter the driver from drunken driving.

Senate Bill 1046, which was passed in 2016 and takes effect at the beginning of 2019, requires all drivers in California who have been convicted of DUI to install the ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicles for a period of time before receiving a restricted license or having their license reinstated.

Each year about 1,000 people die and more than 20,000 are injured in California because of drunken drivers, according to the statement.

Epoch Times reporter Zach Li contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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