Police: Drunken driver had Jell-O shots in her pocket


Police say a western Minnesota woman who was charged with drunken driving – her sixth such charge – had Jell-O shots in her pocket.

A police officer in the town of Glyndon, 9 miles east of Moorhead, saw Cathy Sanchez’s 2002 Buick LeSabre swerving on Highway 10 at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Forum News reports.

The officer reported that the woman was slurring words and was difficult to understand, and she initially gave a fake name. The woman failed sobriety tests and blew a .13 blood-alcohol level, which is over the legal limit, according to charges.

The officer searched the woman before she was arrested and found three alcoholic Jell-O shots in her pocket, Forum reports.

The driver later admitted her name was Cathy Sanchez, and she told police she had been arrested five times before for DWI, according to charges. Her driver's license had been revoked.

Roughly one-third of U.S. motorists arrested for drunken driving are repeat offenders, federal statistics have shown.

A 2010 Star Tribune investigation of drunken driving issues found that in Minnesota, more than 46,000 drivers had at least four DWI arrests – a dangerous group that can be difficult to treat or punish.

In 2012, the man believed at the time to be the state's DWI record holder with 27 was arrested for drinking in a bar, a parole violation, just 40 days after a three-year prison stint.

Since 2011, Minnesota law requires that all DWI repeat offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device in their cars for a minimum of one year.

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