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Wrong way driver booked into jail

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A 41-year-old Purcell resident, Kristie Renee Onwona, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol early last Tuesday morning, February 13.

Purcell Police were called to a vehicle driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35 just before 2 a.m.

The police report said the vehicle began the wrong way driving at mile marker 101.

Onwona was spotted at approximately mile marker 98.5 and after pulling away was finally stopped at mile maker 97.5 by officer Thomas Rollins.

Rollins said he used lights and siren and also got onto his P.A speaker trying to get Onwona to pull over.

He reported the vehicle slowed several times and pulled over into the ditch before going back to the inside lane.

Rollins was joined at the scene by officer Jacob Martz and officer Cassie Lewis.

In Rollins’ report he stated Onwona had red, watery eyes and was very slow to react and speak.

He said she could not comply with a field sobriety test.

Onwona was taken to the Purcell Police Department where Officer Lewis performed the test on the Intoxylizer 8000.

The results of the tests showed her first breath sample reading .188. The second test showed a reading of .198 and the final result was a .188.

Onwona was taken to the McClain County Detention Center where she was jailed.

There were no injuries in the incident.

Assistant Police Chief James Bolling said a BAC of .150 and higher is a felony.

The legal limit is .08.

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