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Police: Woman too drunk to walk into jail


LORAIN – A woman, who drove onto a Lorain man’s lawn and passed out in her car, was too drunk to take sobriety tests or walk into the jail, according to police.

Julie Owens, 48, of Lorain, was charged with OVI, implied consent, leaving the scene and failure to control around 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Earlier that evening Misty Brown told police she saw a woman in a blue Buick drive into the side of her parked pickup truck on the 900 block of South Central Drive. She said the woman stopped her car for a moment before driving away from the scene southbound on South Central Drive, according to a police report.

A short time later, police got another call from Ryan Caruthers who said a woman – later identified as Owens – was passed out in her car in front of his house on the 1100 block of Highland Park Boulevard in a blue Buick. He told police Owens drove into his front lawn and passed out in her car. When he walked up to her, Owens woke up and tried to reverse her car, stopping it half on the road and half on Caruther’s lawn, according to the report.

Police found Owens in her car, still parked half on the lawn and half on the road. Officers could smell alcohol on her breath and Owens had a difficult time talking and standing up, according to the report.

Between cursing at police, Owens said she wasn’t able to complete field sobriety tests and officers took her into custody.

At Lorain City Jail, Owens was unable to stand up and had to be helped into the jail where she was defiant with the correctional officer, according to the report. She refused to take a breath test, leading officers to charge her with implied consent.

Owens was being held at Lorain County Jail until she was released on bond on Sunday.

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