Elderly Chapel Hill woman charged with DUI had 2 open vodka bottles in vehicle

74-year-old Sandra Kempf was charged with driving under the influence when a concerned citizen reported she was unable to maintain the lane of travel. Once stopped, she almost fell exiting her vehicle and a search revealed alcohol and pills.

On September 6th, Watertown Police Officer Don Willis was advised of an impaired driver by a concerned citizen traveling on Highway 70 westbound. The concerned citizen stated that the vehicle was crossing both the fog and the middle line of the highway. After getting behind the vehicle, Officer Willis also observed that the driver was in fact unable to maintain lane of travel and crossing the safety boundaries multiple times. After the officer initiated emergency equipment, the driver refused to stop, continuing travel at a very low speed for approximately 1/4 mile before pulling into the parking lot of Watertown High School at 9360 Sparta Pike. Officer Willis noticed the driver had red, watery eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor associated with alcoholic beverages emitting from her breath and person.

Sandra Kempf (WCSO)
Sandra Kempf (WCSO)

The driver, identified as Sandra Kempf, refused to get out of the vehicle multiple times. Officer Willis reported that as he waited for backup officers, Sandra suddenly exited the vehicle unsteady on her feet and almost fell. Due to her level of intoxication, no field sobriety tasks were attempted for her safety. Upon search of the vehicle, the officer found two bottles of vodka, one full and one 3/4 empty on the passenger floorboard. He also observed a large number of prescription bottles and contents scattered on the driver’s side rear floorboard. This was Sandra’s first DUI offense.

Sandra Kempf was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. She was released on her on recognizance.

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