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Texting, Drinking Allegedly Lead to Greenfield Woman Crashing into Trees

The woman was texting while driving drunk before her car left the roadway on Loomis Road.

A 22-year-old Greenfield woman is facing drunk driving charges after she crashed into some trees in Franklin after driving drunk and texting.

 

Ann E. Riemer was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one count of second offense operating while intoxicated and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. If convicted, she could face up to six months in prison and $1,100 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 18, a Franklin police officer spotted Riemer’s car about 50 feet off the road in some trees in the 11200 block of West Loomis Road. Tire tracks in the snow showed the car was travelling eastbound when it left the road.

The officer saw branches were in front of the doors of the car and there were no footprints outside the vehicle, so he opened a door, immediately smelled alcohol and saw Riemer sitting in the driver’s seat with her cell phone in hand.

Riemer told the officer she had been drinking while working a shift as a bartender earlier at Club Durham and was texting when her car left the road. She failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of 0.161, which is twice the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin.

She will make her initial appearance in court Feb. 17.

4 Greenfield February 09, 2012 at 01:14 AM
They say that talking on a cell phone and driving sober causes your driving to be as bad as someone intoxicated. Obviously driving drunk and texting made it much worse! We need to take away the car, the phone and her driving privileges.
JustMe February 10, 2012 at 09:27 PM
That generation just can't do anything without their phones.
4 Greenfield February 11, 2012 at 06:30 AM
What generation is that? Have you driven down the street lately? It seems to me that cell phones have become an extension of nearly EVERYONE'S hand. My spouse always jokes that cars nowadays can't seem to start without a key in one hand and the phone in the other. We think driving with a cell phone should be taught in driver's ed since legislation against inattentive driving doesn't seem to work for any generation.

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