Riverside police charged a 46-year-old Bartlett woman with driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and several other offenses after she drove her red 2010 PT Cruiser into a police SUV on Oct. 6 about 8:40 p.m.
Police responded to the 3400 block of Harlem Avenue after several 911 callers reported a driver passed out behind the wheel of her car. When police arrived on the scene, they found the PT Cruiser stopped in the inside lane of traffic. The driver was slumped over the wheel of the car, which was in gear and whose engine was running.
After several unsuccessful attempts to rouse the driver, officers began using a tool to unlock the driver’s door. As they tried to open the door, the driver awoke and, according to police, slammed on the gas.
The car immediately smashed into the front of a police SUV that had been positioned in front of the PT Cruiser to prevent it from re-entering traffic. The police vehicle, a 2014 Ford Explorer, sustained minor damage.
Meanwhile, a police officer broke out the passenger side window and dove into the PT Cruiser to put it in park and remove the keys from the ignition. The driver of the PT Cruiser appeared to be confused and disoriented, according to police. She was asked to exit the car, and a plastic baggie containing cannabis reportedly fell from her lap onto the floor of the car, police said.
The driver reportedly admitted smoking a small amount cannabis and drinking alcohol. She failed sobriety tests, according to police, and refused to submit to a breath test.
In addition to DUI, she was also charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and improper parking on a roadway.