What to Know
- A Connecticut woman was arrested Saturday for driving while drunk — and followed it up by getting arrested for another DUI just hours later
- Ellen Needleman-O’Neill was seen hitting a parked car, and police came to arrest her; her BAC at the time was .23
- After seen leaving a liquor store, she got another DUI when police found her car on the street where she lives, and her BAC was still .09
Fool her once, shame on you. Fool her twice, maybe take her car keys away.
A Connecticut woman was arrested Saturday afternoon for driving while drunk — and followed it up by getting arrested for another DUI just a few hours later.
Wilton police received a call around 2:30 p.m. about a woman driving a 2012 Lexus sedan who had struck a parked vehicle at a parking lot along River Road, and the caller believed the driver to be intoxicated. When police arrived, they could smell alcohol as they interacted with the driver, identified as Ellen Needleman-O’Neill.
Police arrested her after conducting field sobriety test on Needleman-O’Neill, which she failed. A later test revealed she had a blood alcohol level of .23 — nearly triple the legal limit.
She was charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance after police discovered a pain killer pill inside her purse, and released.
Nearly six hours after her initial arrest, the 64-year-old was spotted walking into — what else — a liquor store. After leaving the store, Needleman-O’Neill drove away after 8 p.m. in her black Lexus, which was later discovered by police stopped on Old Farms Road, where she lives.
Needleman-O’Neill was found to not have a valid driver’s license and her car was not registered. Police once again brought her to the stationhouse, where she agreed to take a breath test. Her blood alcohol level at that time was .09, still above the legal limit to operate a vehicle, and was once again charged with DUI and released.
She is scheduled to appear in court on September 17, which she hopefully does not attempt to drive to.