Troopers suspect a crash on the Division Street on-ramp to Interstate 90 was the result of 23-year-old drunk driver facing her fifth DUI charge.
Around 11:50 p.m. Monday, a black SUV crashed on the on-ramp, perpendicular to the flow of traffic and blocking the roadway, according to court documents.
A witness who arrived before the Washington State Patrol told a trooper at the scene that she’d opened the driver’s side door of the vehicle and saw a woman, identified as Katelyn Hahn, in the driver’s seat. The witness said Hahn’s airbag was “still smoking,” the documents say.
When the trooper approached the vehicle, Hahn was in the front passenger seat. The trooper asked how much she’d had to drink and she said “some.” The trooper smelled “an extreme odor of intoxicants” coming from the vehicle and Hahn was slurring, according to court documents.
Hahn has had four prior DUI incidents, according to court documents. Her last conviction in Spokane was based on a DUI arrest in January 2019. She was sentenced in July 2020.
The trooper asked if Hahn was the driver and she said “no.” Another trooper saw one of Hahn’s missing black sandals on the driver side gas pedal, according to court documents. An ambulance took Hahn to a hospital.
Hahn reportedly refused a voluntary blood test. She was receiving medical treatment and could not give a breath alcohol test due to injury or physical limitation, according to court documents. A judge granted a trooper’s request to take a blood sample in a search warrant written an hour and 15 minutes after she stopped driving, according to court documents.
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