Woman had three times legal blood alcohol limit, deputies say

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NEW BREMEN — A Lewis County woman was charged with driving with a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal threshold after she called 9-1-1 to report a domestic dispute early Sunday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies said Ashley L. Houppert, 30, of Artz Road, Castorland, called 9-1-1 at about 2:26 a.m. Sunday to report a domestic dispute between her and her male passenger while they were driving on Number Four Road in the Town of Watson. Responding deputies caught up with the pair on Deveines Road in the Town of New Bremen and began their investigation.

It was determined that Houppert was driving with a BAC of 0.23%, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08%, authorities stated, and was driving on an improper license.

Houppert is charged with one count each of driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, breath test refusal, drinking while driving and failure to notify a change of address, deputies stated. She is scheduled to appear in Town Court.

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