New Castle News

January 14, 2014

Woman charged with DUI

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A North Hill woman was arrested for driving under the influence after her car became stuck in a yard.

New Castle police filed charges against Sasha Grannis, 26, of 905 E. Elizabeth St.

Chad Coonfare of West State Street told police he was driving on West State Street from Union Township around 2:15 a.m. Sunday and a red Dodge Durango was following closely behind him. As he neared his home, he called his brother and said he was being followed by an erratic driver, he told police.

Coonfare said he pulled into his parking space at his house, got out of his pickup truck and was standing near the rear bumper when Grannis hit his bumper, then continued around to the left of his truck, nearly hitting him and causing him to jump out of her path.

Grannis then drove into his yard, making tire tracks, and became stuck on the crest of a hill, Coonfare told police.

Police said when they arrived, Grannis was seated inside her car with her jeans pushed down to her ankles and was trying to stand up.

Police said she failed field sobriety tests and was taken to Jameson Hospital but refused a blood alcohol test and was shouting and swearing at hospital staff and the police. Officers said she continued her unruly behavior at the police station and, because of her level of intoxication, she was returned to Jameson Hospital for medical clearance before being jailed.

She faces two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of trespass by motor vehicle, careless driving, reckless driving, accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property and violation of duty to give information or render aid.

District Judge David B. Rishel set her bond at $5,000.