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Woman Arrested for DUI After Driving Car Over 100-Foot Embankment

Police arrested a 34-year-old woman Wednesday night after she drove her car over a 100-foot embankment in Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill.

When officers arrived at the park shortly after 8 PM, they found a 34-year-old woman stumbling around on a hillside overlooking her car–which had landed deep in a patch of blackberry brambles–and a crowd of onlookers standing nearby filming the incident on their phones. Officers spoke with the woman who admitted to being the driver of the vehicle, and said her one-year-old child had also been inside the car at the time of the crash.  Officers quickly suspected alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash based on her statements that she confused the gas and brake pedals, the smell of booze on her breath, and that she admitted to drinking before the crash.

One witness said the woman’s car jumped a curb, crossed a footpath, and drove down the 100-foot embankment coming to rest in a blackberry thicket. The witness then ran to the car and pulled the one-year-old child to safety. Seattle Fire Department Medics transported the child to Harborview Medical Center for a check up.

Officers took the driver into custody and booked her into King Couty Jail for DUI, driving with a suspended license and reckless endangerment.