Suspected DUI Driver Crashes into Rochester Police Car
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester police officer was not hurt but his squad car was damaged after being hit by a suspected drunken driver Tuesday night.
Officer Brian Roussell was northbound on 18th Avenue near John Adams Middle School around 9:30 when he saw a southbound vehicle in his lane, coming right at him. Roussell was able to activate his overhead emergency lights and pull to the side of the street but the vehicle continued and crashed into the driver’s door of the squad car.
Roussell got out and began yelling at the woman to stop as she started to drive away. He banged on her vehicle and when she continued, he reached in and took her keys. After failing a sobriety test the woman was taken into custody.
The woman - identified as 35-year-old Kristin Lueders of Rochester - denied drinking and said she had not had a drink in three months. A breath test indicated she had a blood/alcohol concentration of .27, more than three times the legal limit to drive.
She is now facing a DUI charge.