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Woman cited for drunk driving into trail during alcohol abuse charity race

Drunk driving copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Drunk driving copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

WEST BEND, WI (WTAQ) - Police said a West Bend woman drove drunk on a state trail at a charity running race for a group that fights alcohol abuse.  

No runners were close by at the time, but director Mary Simon of Elevate Incorporated says it's still ironic. The story was first reported on an athletic blog called "The Active Pursuit."  

A West Bend police community service officer was keeping the peace at Sunday's event, when three people on a nearby street were trying to prevent the 33-year-old woman from getting behind the wheel.  

Officials said she entered the trail from a dead end street -- and she apparently didn't know about the race when she drove about 200 feet on the trail, then backed into a sign telling motorists not to drive there.

Officers said the woman was just trying to get home. She was cited for first-time OWI and improper backing.  

About 400 people took part in quarter, half, and full marathons. Simon said most people were done by the time of the incident, but a few late finishers went around police officers who were ticketing the woman.  

Elevate was formed when two service groups in Washington County merged. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)