"Super Drunk Driving" Arrests In Jackson County

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Smack dab in the middle of trick-or-treating, around 7 o'clock at night, kids are crossing the street, concentrating on their new candy collections.

"She went flying by," describes neighbor Deanna Ekin.

A drunken driver, police say, with a blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit. Ekin saw it all happen on the 700 block of Tomlinson Street.

"That's really scary she was that drunk. And with all the kids out here..." she trails off.

Lt. Elmer Hitt of the Jackson Police says the 28-year-old woman is their first case in the new "super drunk driving" laws-- laws that went into effect 12 a.m. Sunday. According to the law, people could now face much harsher penalties-- including jail time-- if your BAC is .17 or higher.

"Any time you have a drunk driver, when the BAC gets up higher, one concern is the safety of the public," Hitt says.

Neighbors here say one of the scariest things about this situation is that the super drunk arrest on Tomlinson wasn't the only one; there was at least one more in Jackson County on the first day of the law.

"We had two deputies observe a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed," says Lt. Brad Piros of the Sheriff's Office. "Through initial breathalyzer, he registered at a .175."

And that person was caught just four hours after the law went into effect, Piros says.

"It's a threat to anyone on the road. It's an ongoing problem," he says.

Ekin is just thankful no one got hurt, and looks forward to the stricter laws.

"Hopefully it'll open some more eyes," she says.

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