Drunk Driver Lands In "Deep" Trouble

By: Kendra Potter Email
By: Kendra Potter Email
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High speeds and alcohol land a drunk driver in “deep” trouble. The driver crashed into a hole after trying to escape deputies.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office deputies say 27-year-old Mary Johnson was driving over 65 mph in a 45 mph zone down S. Purcell Blvd. in Pueblo West around 1:30 a.m. on July 4th. Sheriff deputies suspected she was drunk and followed her. They say Johnson was all over the road, swerving and hitting curbs as she tried to elude deputies.

In a final attempt to escape, deputies say Johnson turned off her car’s headlights in the 1000 block of Spaulding Ave. While doing so, she drove off the road, and fell into a six foot deep hole at a construction site.

“As she rolled into the ditch, her vehicle was teetering on an edge. Because she was not wearing her seat belt, she was partially out of her vehicle and she was unconscious at the time,” said Public Information Officer Laurie Kilpatrick.

The Sheriff’s Office says Sgt. Shelly Bryant and Deputy Chuck Roldan risked their safety to pull the driver out from under the unstable vehicle.

“They saw the situation and knew there was an extreme risk to her life. They in turn risked their own lives by getting underneath the vehicle and pulling her to safety before the vehicle could actually topple over,” said Kilpatrick.

Johnson was taken to Parkview West Medical Center and later booked in the Pueblo County Jail. She faces multiple charges including vehicle eluding, DUI, driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, and driving without a seat belt. She remains behind bars.

The hole at the construction site has been filled in. Johnson was one of eight suspected drunk drivers arrested in Pueblo County over the 4th of July weekend.

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