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Austin woman pleads not guilty to DWI

An Austin woman who police believe was driving drunk when she hit another vehicle in January pleaded not guilty to all charges against her Monday.

Emily Elaine Young, 24, faces one count each of gross misdemeanor DWI-refusal to test; DWI and failure to yield right of way to oncoming traffic, both misdemeanors. She entered the pleas before Mower County District Court Judge Donald Rysavy.

The crash was reported about 5 p.m. Jan. 16 at Fourth Street and 18th Avenue Northwest.

According to the report, officers were approached by two bystanders who believed the driver of the car — later identified as Young — was trying to walk away from the scene.

Young was given a preliminary breath test at the scene, said Police Chief Brian Krueger. Young was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, where she refused further testing.


The 42-year-old driver of the other vehicle and a 7-year-old child in the vehicle were uninjured, the report says.

Young's next court appearance is set for June 8.

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