Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, an officer with the Pound Police Department responded to a report of a reckless driver going south in the northbound lane of U.S. 23 at the North Fork Rd. intersection.
The officer was going north on U.S. 23, trying to intercept the driver before she hurt herself or someone else, when he saw her run a red light headed right toward him.
The vehicle passed the police officer going the wrong direction, so the officer turned around and followed alongside her in the correct lane with his lights and siren on.
That’s when the officer says he saw two coal trucks driving side by side in the northbound lane with the drunk driver headed straight toward them.
Police say the officer then used his car as a cushioning device between the reckless driver and other traffic. He was able to get the drunk driver to stop, pulling into the crossover at the Marathon gas station.
The police officer arrested Rosemary Nicole Newman, 21, of Jenkins. The officer says Newman had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and bloodshot, glassy eyes. A sobriety test showed Newman was driving under the influence with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of more than .15. She was charged with DUI and booked in the Duffield Regional Jail.