Two Tosa Women Drank to Point of Passing Out, Then Drove

On same evening, drivers consumed so much alcohol they couldn't perform sobriety tests.

Two women arrested for drunken driving on Dec. 28 were so far gone they were both at the point of unconsciousness and unable to perform police sobriety tests.

One woman passed out in her garage after hitting a neighbor's parked truck; the other was reported falling asleep at the wheel in a fast-food drive-through.

According to police reports:

At 6:46 p.m., a 61-year-old Wauwatosa woman was arrested for drunken driving, first offense, after she hit a parked car in the 2400 block of North 73rd Street and fled from the scene.

A woman who lives in the block heard the crash and went outside to find that a woman had hit another neighbor’s parked pickup truck. She told the woman she was going to call police and took her license number before she drove off.

Police learned that the car was registered to a resident in the same block and went to the home, where they spotted the car in the open garage. An officer said he saw the brake lights flash on, even though the car wasn’t running.

He found the woman slumped over the steering wheel, passed out. When he roused her, she did not know where she was, could not stand up without leaning on her car, and did not remember being in an accident.

She could not perform a field sobriety test and registered a blood alcohol level of .20 on a breath test.

Bartender begged her not to drive

At 9:01 p.m., a 43-year-old Wauwatosa woman was arrested for her first drunken driving offense after police tracked her down on multiple reports that she was a danger to herself and others.

At 8:34 p.m., officers were called to , 8828 W. North Ave., where the owner and a bartender ran up to the first squad car to arrive and “in a state of panic” told officers that a highly intoxicated woman had just left the bar in a very large SUV.

As police set out to search for her, they soon got a call from the . advising them that a woman in a big SUV had just passed through the drive-through lane and appeared to be falling asleep at the wheel.

An officer spotted her on North 66th Street at West Lloyd Street. He watched her roll through two stop signs and nearly hit a parked car before she turned into a driveway at what turned out to be her residence.

The officer followed her to the home and turned on his emergency lights. He said the woman left the vehicle and ignored his instructions, appearing to be too intoxicated to understand.

She agreed to perform field sobriety tests but could not follow any of the instructions. At 9:55 p.m., she was given a breath test that registered a blood alcohol content of .279, three and a half times the legal limit of .08.

Police returned to Club Tap to interview the staff about the incident and were told that the woman had showed up already obviously intoxicated and asked for food and a bar drink. Initially, she was served but the bartender said she realized the woman had been overserved and she took the drink away.

The woman then fell to the floor and after getting up, ignored the owner and staff's warnings not to drive, even though the bartender ran after her, pleading with her not to get into her vehicle.


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