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Woman hands over vodka receipt instead of license during operating under the influence stop

Brenda Drinkwater was arrested for operating under the influence for the seventh time.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Mass., May 13 (UPI) -- A 60-year-old Massachusetts woman was arrested for operating under the influence for the seventh time after she allegedly handed the police chief a liquor receipt instead of her driver's license during a traffic stop.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan reportedly saw Brenda Drinkwater driving the wrong way through town while "another man was driving behind Drinkwater repeatedly honking his horn and yelling at her to stop," according to the Arlington Patch.

Ryan also observed Drinkwater forcing cars off the road, so he pulled her over.

"Approaching the car, the Chief asked Drinkwater for her license and registration, and she reached into her purse and handed him a credit card and a receipt from a liquor store for a bottle of vodka," police said in a statement. "The Chief then saw an open bottle of vodka on her passenger seat and could clearly smell the odor of liquor on her breath."

When Drinkwater got out of her car, she was "extremely unsteady" and failed "a number of sobriety tests."

In addition to the DUI charge, Drinkwater was also charged with operating negligently as to endanger, drinking from an open container while driving and failure to keep to the right.

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