An Apple Valley woman has been charged with drunken driving, registering a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit when she was arrested.
Carrie Jean Olson, 42, is charged with two counts of third-degree DWI, each of which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by Airport Police Detective Mark Gullickson, an airport police officer on patrol spotted a vehicle speeding on Highway 77 near Diagonal Boulevard just before 2 a.m. Sept. 16.
The officer clocked the vehicle—later determined to be driven by Olson—at 72 mph in a 55-mph zone, the complaint says.
The officer watched as Olson’s car crossed a solid line on her left, then saw her accelerate to 78 mph, according to the complaint. The officer turned on his emergency lights and watched Olson’s car drive onto the raised concrete median on the right, then take the Lindau Lane exit and stop in a lane of traffic.
The officer noted that Olson’s breath smelled of alcohol, and that her eyes were bloodshot and watery and her speech was slurred, according to the complaint. She admitted drinking earlier in the evening, and she was unable to perform field sobriety tests, the complaint says.
Olson provided a breath sample and registered a blood-alcohol content of .303 percent, more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent, according to the complaint.
At 3:11 a.m., Olson provided a breath sample for another test, and registered a blood-alcohol content of .28 percent, the complaint charges.
Olson has been released from custody on a $12,000 bond. She is scheduled to make a first appearance on the charges Oct. 5 in Hennepin County District Court.