Repeat DUI offenders can find themselves facing multiple DUI charges within a few months of one another. In fact, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, about one-third of all people who are arrested or convicted of driving under the influence are repeat offenders. However, the statistics for first time DUIs are a little more sobering: the average person who drives drunk will do so more than 80 times before being caught. One Nevada City woman was caught driving under the influence twice in a twenty-four-hour period according to the Union.
57-year-old Julie Cooper was reported by her neighbor as having driven her car into his driveway and appearing “very disoriented.” This happened just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3. The responding police officer gave Cooper a field sobriety test. She failed the test and was arrested by Nevada City Police under suspicion of driving under the influence of medication. Police found several open prescription bottles, including Oxycodone, Lorazepam, and Tramadol.
Having been booked into the correctional facility at around 9:53 p.m. on Tuesday night, Cooper was released at about 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Not even a half-day later, Cooper made an unsafe turn in her Toyota Highlander, which caused her to crash into a power pole. At the time, she had been driving south on Highway 49 around 10:50 a.m.
Cooper again was arrested for driving under the influence, this time of alcohol, and booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility. According to records, the charges she faces are misdemeanor driving under the influence, felony driving under the influence with previous convictions, and misdemeanor violating probation.
Bail was set for $87,500.
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