On May 21, at approximately 3 p.m., Howe P..D Sgt. Mike Hill arrested a 45-year-old Howe woman for DWI after stopping her in the 200 block of South Denny for traffic violations and suspicion of DWI. According to a HPD press release, Hill was notified of the woman’s erratic driving behavior by a motorist on US Hwy. 75.
“A motorist pulled over and pointed out the vehicle, which was driving south on Highway 75 at FM 902,” said Howe Police Chief Carl Hudman. He said Howe officers have been monitoring traffic near the construction zones because of the serious accidents that have occurred over the past few weeks, adding “Last week’s crashes involved a total of seven vehicles with six people being transported to hospitals.”
Reports indicate that Hill caught up to the suspect’s vehicle after it took the Haning Street exit and turned east on Haning. Hudman stated that the driver committed a turn signal violation and then sped through the school zone on Haning.
“Sgt Hill was able to get the woman stopped soon after she made a right turn onto Denny Street. Upon meeting the woman at her car, Sgt Hill found her disoriented and noticed her pupils were constricted,” Hudman said.
The driver was unable to complete sobriety testing.
“The officer had to instruct her how to disengage the safety belt in order for her to even get out of her car,” Hudman said. “She told the officer she was taking prescription medication. Her actions and appearance were consistent with that of someone under the influence of a narcotic.”
Hudman said his department has arrested 11 people this year for Driving While Intoxicated; the department recorded just five DWI arrests during the same time frame last year.
Hudman also said alcohol was a factor in one of the multi-car injury crashes on Highway 75 the prior week, adding that his officers have a zero tolerance policy for impaired driving and that they will continue aggressively enforcing the DWI laws.