Woman taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries

Published 10:44 am Saturday, March 24, 2018

A woman who suffered non-life threatening injuries after being involved in a car accident may face a possible DWI charge pending the results of a blood test.

According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, officers responded to an accident at 9:22 p.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Fourth Street Northwest and Highway 218 North. They found a Chevy SUV in a ditch. The vehicle had sustained heavy damage. A nearby “keep right” sign had been knocked over.

Officer spoke with the driver, Blaire Ehmke, 28, of Blooming Prairie, who was complaining about pain in her arms. She allegedly told the officers that she hit a sign.

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Ehmke’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, according to Krueger.

A Gold Cross ambulance arrived on the scene. An EMT asked Ehmke if she had been drinking and she allegedly said yes. The ambulance took her to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Officers conducted a preliminary breath test on Ehmke, which came back over the legal limit, according to Krueger.

Officers then received a search warrant for a blood test. Ehmke could face a possible charge of fourth-degree DWI, pending the test results.