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Drunken Utah woman arrested after calling police to report drunken driver

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WOODS CROSS — A St. George woman recently called emergency dispatchers to report a possible drunken driver in Woods Cross.

But when she attempted to tell dispatchers what car to look for, she gave them a description of herself.

“The dispatcher noticed that the caller also sounded intoxicated herself. The caller was laughing and burping over the phone, and when asked for the license plate of the vehicle that the caller was trying to report, the caller gave her own license plate,” according to a search warrant about the Aug. 16 incident.

A police affidavit also noted the woman was “laughing uncontrollably on the phone.”

Woods Cross police found the 32-year-old woman, but when she spotted officers, she ran. Police caught up with her, and eventually had to restrain and sedate her at a local hospital because she kept struggling with officers, the affidavit states. In her car, investigators reported finding an almost empty bottle of Fireball whiskey.

On Aug. 17, the woman was charged with DUI, a class B misdemeanor, and having an open container in a vehicle, a class C misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, the woman agreed to a plea deal, pleading guilty to the DUI charge in exchange for the open container charge being dropped. She was given a suspended six-month jail sentence and was placed on probation, according to court records.

However, she must still serve 12 days in the Davis County Jail for her conviction on a charge of trespassing, a class B misdemeanor, in a separate case. She pleaded guilty in that incident on July 30, court records state.