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Coopersburg Woman Charged With DUI, Buys More Alcohol

Linda Colosimo, after driving into a curb, was found in her vehicle with two bottles of wine in the passenger seat, police say.

A Coopersburg woman was charged with DUI and careless driving after striking a curb with her vehicle, leaving it parked to purchase two
bottles of alcohol at Wine & Spirits in the in Upper Saucon Township, according to a criminal complaint.

Linda Colosimo, 62, was found inside her vehicle. She appeared unresponsive when a witness attempted to wake her, the complaint says. Moments later, she awoke and attempted to drive her vehicle, striking a curb after pulling out. She then allegedly parked and entered Wine & Spirits.

Upper Saucon Township police, responding to a call of a possible drunken driver, say they found Colosimo in her vehicle, engine running and keys in the ignition, with two bottles of wine in her passenger seat. Colosimo, eyes glassy and bloodshot, talked slowly and slurred her words when approached by police officers on June 6, they reported.

Colosimo had a difficult time standing and failed field sobriety tests, telling officers she drank a few glasses of wine while eating lunch with a friend. The witness and officers both noted a strong smell of alcohol coming from her vehicle and person, court papers state.

Colosimo was charged with two counts of driving under the influence (blood alcohol above .16 percent) and careless driving. Her exact blood-alcohol content was not mentioned (the state's legal limit is 0.08 percent).

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 1.

John Fox June 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Now wait a second. I thought that no one could ever buy alcohol from a state run liquor store while already intoxicated?!?
Linda Wimmer June 12, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Will this liquor store be fined as a bar or private citizen would be serving an visibly intoximated person. Didn't the clerk who waited on her notice - breath smell or woman's walk??
Elizabeth Rich (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Hi, @Linda and @John. Thanks for the questions! I've alerted the Andrew Kutzer to the discussion, and he's working on a follow-up piece now.
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 12, 2012 at 08:49 PM
State union workers... always on top of their game...
Fuck The Police June 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I'm just glad she was under the influence of alcohol which does not have a high potential for abuse. Who knows what could have happened if she was high on marijuana....

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