Librarian and Assistant Professor Nicole Wood was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning and charged with DUI, as she missed the interstate on-ramp, and stopped quickly to make a U-Turn, causing a line of cars to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision.
When asked by the officer that stopped her if she had any alochol this evening, Wood replied “No, I have not, I promise!” – despite the officer smelling alcohol emitting from her car, and her fumbling to locate her insurance card. After having her walk to the rear of her vehicle, she was once again asked how much she had drank, to which she replied she had drank 2 beers, but the last one was 45 minutes prior to this interaction.
Woods stated she was confident she was able to drive without issue, however SFST’s proved otherwise. Woods also agreed to a breath test, on which she blew a 0.16 after the standard observation period.
Woods is an assistant professor/librarian at a college. She was release as part of the pretrial program, and will have an initial appearance on 12/04/17.
Affidavit, courtesy MNPD:
THE SUSPECT WAS STOPPED AFTER SHE MADE AN ABRUPT STOP TO MAKE A U-TURN TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE INTERSTATE. HER ABRUPT STOP CAUSED OTHER MOTORIST TO SLAM ON THEIR BRAKES TO AVOID A COLLISION WITH HER VEHICLE. WHEN SPEAKING WITH HER, I NOTICED HER EYES TO BE BLOODSHOT, WATERY, AND DILATED. WHEN ASKED IF SHE DRANK ANY ALCOHOL, SHE ADVISED “NO I HAVE NOT, I PROMISE”. THE ODOR OF ALCOHOL CAME FROM HER CAR, WITH HER FUMBLING AROUND TO FIND HER INSURANCE CARD. SHE WAS ASKED FROM THE CAR, WALKED TO THE THE REAR OF HER CAR. SHE WAS ASKED AGAIN ABOUT CONSUMING ALCOHOL, WITH HER ADMITTING TO DRINKING TWO BEER, WITH THE LAST BEER BEING 45 MINUTES PRIOR. SHE STATED THAT SHE FELT CONFIDENT SHE COULD DRIVE. FIELD SOBRIETY TASK WERE GIVEN, WITH THE SUSPECT SHOWING INDICATORS OF IMPAIRMENT. SHE WAS READ THE TN IMPLIED CONSENT LAW, ASKED TO TAKE A BREATH TEST. THE SUSPECT ADVISED SHE UNDERSTOOD WANT WAS READ, AGREEING TO A BREATH TEST. AFTER A 20 MINUTE OBSERVATION PERIOD, THE BREATH TEST WAS ADMINISTERED, WITH HER BAC BEING 0.16%.