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Texting DUI Arrest
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
June 14, 2023

An intoxicated 25-year-old Culpeper woman who was texting while driving earned her second DUI offense as a result.

On June 13th at approximately 9:10 p.m., Deputy E.E. West responded to the 1000 block of Mountain View Road for a report of a vehicle going off the roadway. The caller further advised the driver smelled entirely like an alcoholic beverage. When Deputy West arrived, she located the vehicle parked in the woods. Multiple witnesses advised the vehicle was weaving from “shoulder to shoulder” across both lanes of traffic and nearly caused a head-on collision by “no more than 20 feet”.

Deputy West observed the driver to have the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath and red, glassy eyes. The driver admitted that she was texting and driving at the time of the crash. She also advised she “straw tested” around 10 different drinks.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence second offense within five years with a blood alcohol content greater than .2, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, as well as, using a phone while driving. She was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $2,000 secured bond.


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