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West Palm Beach woman faces DUI charges after driving into car, fleeing scene

Police arrested a West Palm Beach woman on Monday after she not only drove into another car, but kept driving drunk, they said.

Sandra Hayes, 41, is facing DUI charges, as well as refusing to submit to a DUI test and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property.

Hayes was arrested after a woman called police at 10:14 p.m. on Monday to report that her car had been hit by a driver near the 700 block of 42nd Street, according to the West Palm Beach Police probable cause affidavit.

The woman, identified as Kathie Williams, told dispatchers at the time that she was in pursuit of the car that crashed into hers.

Despite catching up with Hayes with emergency lights and siren, a police officer noted in the affidavit that she did not pull over until reaching a parking spot in the 5000 block of Caribbean Boulevard. The officer also noted that when Hayes stepped out of her car, she stumbled and was caught by another officer who sat her back in her car "for her safety."

When asked how much she had to drink, Hayes said that she pleaded "the Fifth," the affidavit stated. She also said, "I refuse the right" to undergo a field sobriety test.

Both officers noted in the affidavit that they could smell the "strong and distinct odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath."

By Cynthia Roldan, The Palm Beach Post

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