Police ram car to stop drunken driver with small child

Jun 22 2012 - 2:27pm

BOISE, Idaho -- Vanessa R. Dudy is being held in the Ada County Jail on felony DUI and misdemeanor injury to child charges after Boise police say they had to ram into her car to stop her from driving drunk late Thursday night.

Police say Dudy had a child under the age of five in the car. The child, who was in car seat, was not hurt in the collision with police. The child is now with family members, according to reports.

The 28-year-old Dudy is charged with a felony drunken driving since this was her third DUI arrest, although Idaho Court records are not clear about when and where she was previously arrested.

Boise police were sent to the Overland/Five Mile roads intersection around 11 p.m. Thursday after getting calls from the public about a possible drunk driver in the area, who almost rear-ended one car and was driving into oncoming traffic. Police found Dudy a short distance away, turned on lights and siren, and tried to pull her over but officers say Dudy just kept on driving, almost hitting one car and weaving in and out her lane while driving down Overland, according to reports.

Officers then figured out a small child was in the car with Dudy, so they decided to do a PIT maneuver to stop the car. Police say Dudy was going about 30 mph when an officer, who knew where the child was in the car, successfully drove into and stopped Dudy's car in the 5600 block of West Overland Road.

Police say Dudy smelled strongly of alcohol and slurred her speech when they tried to talk to her, and officers found an empty wine bottle and a 30-pack of Keystone Light in the car. Police say Dudy refused to do an field sobriety tests or to take a breath test at the jail, so they took a blood sample for later evidence testing, according to reports.

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)2012 The Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho)

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