Here's a free tip for drivers involved in DWI accidents: A toy truck does not a getaway car make.
That's silly advice, you say? Everyone knows that, you say? Well Jamie Jeanette Craft of Jonesboro, Arkansas, apparently didn't know it when she tried to flee the scene of an alleged DWI crash.
Or perhaps she did know but just couldn't remember it at the time. Either way, she was busted when police quickly caught up with her.
Craft allegedly crashed her car into a mobile home. Then she spotted a child's Power Wheels truck -- a battery-operated toy -- and made a plan.
How do police know Craft was drunk? Well, their first hint came from the man whose home was hit. He reported that Craft wasn't wearing pants or shoes, and spent a little while trying to figure out how to drive the toy car away from the scene.
When he made her get out of the car, she went to her mother's house. That's where police found her, reports Northeast Arkansas' KAIT-TV.
A quick Breathalyzer test showed her blood alcohol content was 0.217%, way above the legal limit of 0.08%.
That evidence could be enough to convict her of a DWI. All that's needed is to show the driver was intoxicated while driving. A blood alcohol level above the legal limit taken shortly after the accident can be used as proof.
But even without that evidence, prosecutors could have enough to convict. Observations, especially by police, about a person's appearance, including slurred speech, trouble standing or walking, or the smell of alcohol can also be used as evidence. In Craft's case, police say she wasn't able to stand on her own when they performed the breath test.
And what about that Power Wheels toy? Can Craft get in trouble for a DWI on such a small motor vehicle?
It's possible, but reports indicate Craft never actually got the toy truck started. Even if she did, with the other charges against her, prosecutors may just let that one slide.
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