Hit and run results in arrest
May 25, 2017
A woman who collided with a parked vehicle while intoxicated claimed she didn't know she hit the vehicle because she is hard of hearing.
Linda Ward, 70, of Wellington, admitted she had consumed two, 12-ounce beers May 17 before driving her Dodge pickup into a Cadillac parked at Smith's. Witnesses reported Ward hit the Cadillac three times before driving away and parking in another spot in the store's parking lot, and the store's surveillance captured the incident as well.
Deputies who responded reported an open Hamm's beer can in the truck's cup holder and an open box of beer on the truck's floorboard.
Deputies detained Ward when she exited the store, where she was identified by witnesses.
When asked to perform field sobriety tests, Ward claimed she had recently fractured her pelvic bone and had an injury to her left eye, but deputies said they did not observe any obvious abnormalities or signs of injury, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Ward had a breath alcohol concentration of .139.
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While being transported to Douglas County Jail she informed deputies she had accidentally flushed the truck's key down the toilet at Smith's.