Two drivers, a Wauwatosa woman and a man from Cudahy, were arrested last Friday night within less than 15 minutes of one another, and each is now facing a second drunken driving charge.
According to police reports:
At 2:13 a.m. Friday, a 35-year-old Wauwatosa woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, second offense, after a caller reported seeing a minivan collide with a cemetery sign at Wauwatosa and Meinecke avenues and then drive away.
A patrol officer spotted a minivan driving erratically on Menomonee River Parkway, followed, and pulled the woman over on North Avenue at Met-to-We Lane.
The woman smelled of alcohol, her speech was slurred, and she admitted having had a couple of beers at a Riverwest bar. She denied having been in an accident but could not explain fresh damage to the front of her van, with green paint matching that of the cemetery sign.
A background check showed that she had been convicted in March of operating while intoxicated and was restricted to driving with an ignition interlock and a blood alcohol concentration below .02.
She refused to perform field sobriety tests and was taken to the police station. After a 20-minute hold, during which she urinated on herself, she agreed to take an evidentiary breath test and registered a whopping .26 BAC, more than three times the legal limit in Wisconsin.
At 1:59 a.m. Friday, another report said, a 32-year-old Cudahy man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, second offense, after a patrol officer saw him run a flashing red light at West 97th Street on Blue Mound Road.
The driver admitted to drinking three beers, and a background check showed he had been convicted of OWI in August 2010. He performed poorly on sobriety tests and registered a BAC of .13 on a breath test.