Woman Blames DWI Charge on Trump

But Elizabeth Lundberg says she was being sarcastic
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2016 11:33 AM CST
Woman Blames DWI Charge on Trump
Elizabeth Lundberg   (Lino Lakes Police Department)

(Newser) – To cope with a shock as great as Donald Trump winning the US election, sometimes you just have to drink—and drive home? That was essentially the argument of a Minnesota woman after she rear-ended a vehicle at a stoplight, causing minor injuries, a day after last week's election, according to Lino Lakes police. After officers say she failed field sobriety tests and was unable to spell her name—an officer also said he found an empty bottle of vodka in her purse—Elizabeth Lundberg, 33, told police, "I am upset over the outcome of the election and you should let me go home," reports Fox 9. "We heard a new excuse for driving over 4 times the legal limit and hitting two vehicles at a stop light Wednesday afternoon," cops said in a Facebook post. Surprise: Officers did not oblige. Instead, they took Lundberg to the police station for a breath sample.

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There, she fell over, grabbed the breath test machine and broke it, police say, per KARE. She then had to be taken to another police department where she was found to have a blood-alcohol content four times the legal limit, according to police. She's now charged with criminal vehicular operation and driving while intoxicated, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which spoke to Lundberg as she left jail on Thursday. Lundberg, who admitted to drinking prior to the crash, said she uttered the comment about the election "well after I asked if everyone was OK, and I said it sarcastically." "I did not shed a tear when [Trump] was elected," she added. "I'm not really into politics, frankly." Further, "I think it’s strange that a police department can tweet something someone said that is so outlandish." She's due back in court in January. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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