Report: Woman crashes into police car, faces DUI charge
A Rochester woman is accused of driving while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit before crashing into a police car, authorities said this morning.
Kristin Lueders, 35, was driving south about 9:35 p.m. Tuesday in the 3300 block of 18th Avenue Northwest when she drifted over the center line, said Capt. John Sherwin.
An officer driving north on 18th Avenue watched Lueders' vehicle continue in the northbound lane, activated his overhead lights and "scooted as far over to the right as he could" in an attempt to avoid a collision, Sherwin said.
Instead, Lueders' car struck the rear driver's side of the squad car, the report says, and Lueders tried to continue driving.
She was arrested at the scene on suspicion of second-degree DUI and taken to the Adult Detention Center, where a preliminary breath test allegedly indicated a reading of .27. Lueders denied drinking, Sherwin said, and didn't realize she'd been in a crash.
No injuries were reported, but the squad car had to be towed "due to disabling damage," the report says.