A Wauwatosa woman who drank to excess before driving could hardly have helped drawing attention to herself as she roared down North Avenue on a flat tire.
At 2:11 a.m. Wednesday, the 30-year-old woman was arrested for drunken driving, her second offense, after a patrol officer first heard her, then saw her, driving 40 to 50 miles an hour on West North Avenue on a flat rear tire.
The officer said he was parked at North and 74th Street, monitoring traffic, when he heard a loud rumbling sound approaching. The woman passed him at high speed with her car's right rear end sagging to the rim.
He pulled the driver over and asked if she knew why he had stopped her. She told him she might have a flat tire, because she'd been having problems lately with her tires holding air pressure.
He told her she had also been speeding, which she flatly denied.
The officer went to take a closer look at her tire and saw that, far from just leaking air, it had blown out through the sidewall. Both front and rear hubcaps had deep, fresh scrapes consistent with having been run hard into a curb.
Nevertheless, the woman said she was not aware of having had any such accident.
She smelled strongly of alcohol and, when asked if she had been drinking, admitted to having had a couple of beers and two mixed drinks.
The officer asked her to take a field sobriety test, but stopped it when she could not perform the steps and asked him, “Can you just end it?”
The woman blew a .19 blood alcohol content on an evidentiary breath test. She had been arrested for her first OWI offense in March 2004.