Woman involved in crash suspected of third DUI | SteamboatToday.com

Woman involved in crash suspected of third DUI

— Police think the woman who caused a three-car crash Friday was under the influence of alcohol.

For the third time since 2001, Pamela Terdik, 65, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The crash occurred at about 9:10 a.m. at Elk River Road and Lincoln Avenue. Police think Terdik rear-ended a car, which was then pushed into another car.

Terdik along with another driver were treated for injuries after the crash. Police believe Terdik was not insured.

According to the arrest affidavit, Terdik could not remember the accident.

“Defendant stated she had been drinking the night before, because it was margarita night,” the affidavit states. “When asked if she thought she was safe to be operating a motor vehicle, she stated, ‘No.’”

Terdik was arrested on suspicion of DUI, driving under the influence of drugs, following too closely, driving an uninsured vehicle and for having expired license plates. Her bond was set at $1,000, and court records showed she had not posted bond as of Friday.

Terdik was too drunk to immediately be taken from the emergency room to the jail, the affidavit states. The jail will not accept people if their blood alcohol level is .30 or higher.

According to the affidavit, Terdik refused to do a roadside sobriety test, portable breath test or have blood drawn.

Police noted she had bloodshot, watery eyes was mumbling and slurring her speech and was unsteady while walking.

In 2001, Terdik was arrested on suspicion of DUI. She pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and was ordered to do 24 hours of useful public service.

In 2004, Terdik was arrested again for DUI and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 20 days jail and 27 hours of useful public service.

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