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Woman's Third DWI Arrest Comes After Crashing Into Vehicle, Police Say

A driver who struck another car from behind at Gravois and Heege roads had a blood-alcohol level more than three three times the legal limit, according to a court document.

A woman faces a felony drunk driving charge after striking another car at the intersection of Gravois and Heege roads.

Melanie Hanks, 35, of the 4000 block of Eichelberger Street in St. Louis, was charged Feb. 21 with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender. It is her third DWI charge. Hanks also was found guilty of DWI twice in 2006.

St. Louis County Police said Hanks was seen swerving between lanes before striking the rear of another vehicle at 6:50 p.m. June 30. Officers responding to the accident said she had a strong odor of alcohol, and watery and glassy eyes.

Hanks did poorly on a sobriety test and a blood sample revealed her blood-alcohol level was at .293 percent at 9:42 p.m., more than three times the legal limit.

She was arrested last Wednesday after being charged with the crime, and posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond and was released the same day.

For more crime information on Affton-Shrewsbury Patch, see the following articles:

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SJR March 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM
If this woman sees the light of day outside a prison for the next 20 years our justice system is an atrocity.
Francis Soyer March 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
This accident occured on June 30 and she is arrested NINE MONTHS LATER??? Additionally why did it take THREE HOURS for her to be tested??? I can understand if she and the the person(s) in the vehicle she struck were seriously injured and taken to a hospital and you have to subpoena to get the test results, but the article above state she conducted a sobriety test??? Lots of details missing from this article!!! Finally I would caution the Patch to watch their wording as they are suggesting that there is a "legal limt"... no such limit exists, you can receive a DWI for less then .08 BAC!!!
Clementine March 13, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I noticed it said she had a strong odor of alcohol and water????
Ryan Martin March 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM
I'm sorry, that sentence was simply missing a comma. It's been fixed now.
robert g alon March 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM
I don't understand why people drink and drive, drink at home why to drive. http://www.asyana.com.au/

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