Woman's DUI Leads to Ridiculous Chain of DUIs

She calls drunk friend from police HQ, and drunk friend calls drunk friend

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 22, 2013 12:13 PM CST

(Newser) – It would be comical if it weren't so pathetic: Police in Readington Township, NJ, have reported the most bizarre chain of events, beginning with a 1:45am stop on Monday. A patrolman pulled over a car that was swerving, and smelled alcohol emanating from it, reports the Express-Times. The driver, Carmen Reategui, 34, failed the field sobriety tests he administered. So she was hauled off to police HQ, where she made a phone call ... to Nina Petracca, 23, who came to collect her.

Except the patrolman Petracca spoke to thought she seemed a little intoxicated, and after learning she had driven herself to the station, administered the same sobriety tests to her in the lobby, reports the Hunterdon County Democrat. She failed. And the story gets wackier, first, because Petracca was carrying seven Vicodin in an unlabeled container, so her DUI charge has now been married with a possession charge. Second, because she and Reategui decided to call Ryan Hogan, 33, to pick them up. And, yes, the patrolman smelled booze on him, and he failed his tests. The Democrat reports that someone sober ultimately picked all three of them up. They have January court dates.

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