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Girl Arrested For OWI After Hit-and-Run at Target

17-year-old allegedly hit woman, car in store parking lot.

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Thursday night in connection with a hit-and-run accident and cited for three offenses, including drunken driving.

According to an report:

Police responded to a report of a woman struck by a car in the parking lot of , 8989 S. Howell Ave., about 7:20 p.m. When officers arrived, they found that a legally-parked car was also hit.

Police got the driver's license plate number from a witness and were able to make contact with her via phone. She told police she was at and that her vehicle broke down in the 700 block of W. Puetz Road.

An officer met her at the movie theater and drove her to her vehicle's location. Police found the car was damaged in ways consistent with the accident scene at Target.

When the girl refused to answer questions, she was taken to the . There, she failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving, with a preliminary blood-alcohol content was .15.

In addition to drunken driving, she was cited for failure to notify police of an accident and obstructing officers.

The woman who was hit was not injured.

Mike in OC February 24, 2012 at 07:45 PM
why wasnt she cited for underage drinking?
OC Mom February 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Because I've had the OC Police actually tell me that they usually don't issue underage drinking citations. They usually just give the kids a warning. No wonder the underage drinking in this city is out of control!
Annoyed February 25, 2012 at 01:18 AM
That is ridiculous. She should be made an example - throw the book at her. What if she had hit a child???? This is unbelievable.
Dirk February 27, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Another reason WI once again leads the USA in DUI's. It's great our history is the legacy of beer-making (thanks to the Chicago Fire), but it doesn't mean we have to maintain a policy of laissex-faire towards a growing epidemic in our state. WI is also one of the few states that doesn't have sobriety checkpoints. Until that is implemented, cases like this will continue to get a slap on the wrist. The week before, we had a young adult driving drunk 80mph down Howell Avenue. I'm sure a slap on the wrist was the end result since nobody was killed. Enough!
Dirty 30 March 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
As always we have people talking about things that they have no idea about. For example, sobriety checkpoints are completely, in my opinion, unconstitutional. I'm sure many of the people that have commented on here have driven drunk once or twice in their history. Imagine you, the one time you drove drunk, had to go through a checkpoint, arrested, go to jail, possibly lose you job, have problems getting a new job, etc...even though you weren't driving erratically. I know our freedoms in this country are being taken away from us one by one, but I think we should actually have to do something wrong before a cop can pull us over. Whats next, being pulled over just to check for insurance? Or even worse...checking for your papers (license). This is AMERICA!! Not Nazi Germany. One more quick thing...the drunk driving penalties are in no way "a slap on the wrist". Even though WI isn't the most severe when it comes to penalties, they are still plenty severe, especially after your 2nd. Unfortunately, people are most likely alcoholics that get several DUIs in their lives, and in my opinion the answer isn't more jail time or fines to get them to stop, its rehabilitation. Just as with the drug problem. I mean look at all the pill stories on this website. Its getting out of control! Most say they are addicted.

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