A drunk driver with a BAC of .33 crashed into two vehicles at a traffic stop in Minnesota Wednesday and told police officers she was drinking to drown her sorrows about President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, authorities said.
Elizabeth L. Lundberg, 33, is charged with gross-misdemeanor counts of criminal vehicular operation and third-degree driving while intoxicated in connection with the motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Main Street and Lake Drive, the Star Tribune reported.
A breathalyzer measured the St. Paul woman’s BAC just a few hours after the crash at .33 percent, more than four times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.
“We heard a new excuse for driving over 4 times the legal limit and hitting two vehicles at a stop light Wednesday afternoon,” read the posting on the Lino Lakes Police Department’s Facebook page.
According to police, Lundberg could not spell her name and slurred her speech, but she was able to say why she was intoxicated.
“I am upset over the outcome of the election and you should let me go home,” the department’s Facebook post quoted the driver as saying.
Blaming the Trump victory came “well after I asked if everyone was OK, and I said it sarcastically. It was such a fleeing comment,” Lundberg told the Star Tribune after she left jail Monday.
She said she did not feel strongly about politics either way and admitted she was drinking heavily that day.
“I did not shed a tear when he was elected,” she said, referring to Trump. “I’m not really into politics, frankly.”
Lundberg was also upset that the police department highlighted the crash and used what she said in a social media posting.
“I think it’s strange that a police department can tweet something someone said that is so outlandish,” she said.
Lundberg told an officer she was on her way home and drank a couple of beers but did not feel intoxicated, according to a police incident report.
The officer arrested her when he found an empty vodka bottle in her purse, which was saturated with alcohol.
She has had no other drinking-and-driving offenses, CBS Minnesota reported.
Lundberg is expected to appear in court in January.
The other drivers escaped the accident with minor injuries, police said.