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2017-08-10 / Local News

Deputies say Elma woman found asleep at wheel in West Seneca intersection

An Elma woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges after an Erie County sheriff’s deputy found her sleeping at a stoplight, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Sarah Cook, 33, was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Seneca Street and Transit Road shortly before 4 a.m. on July 31 when a deputy noticed that her vehicle did not move when the light turned green. He then got out of his car and found Cook asleep at the wheel, with her foot on the brake, the Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the release, the deputy was unable to wake Cook by pounding on the window and eventually opened the door and shook her by the shoulder, which did wake her up.

The deputy noticed the smell of alcohol and that Cook’s speech was slurred and her eyes were glassy, authorities said. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Cook told the deputy she was heading home after drinking three beers and shots.

The release said a chemical test determined that Cook’s blood alcohol level was 0.27, more than three times the legal limit.

She was released to a sober third party and is expected to appear in court later this month.

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