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COLUMBUS — A 57-year-old Columbus woman probably should have stopped at one or two tequila drinks at a local restaurant before she got behind the wheel of her pickup and drove away one afternoon late last month.

Deborah Becker was arrested Sept. 24 while leaving the Casey’s General Store parking lot along Eighth Street for aggravated third-offense driving under the influence, possession of marijuana-1 ounce or less and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Platte County Court Judge Patrick McDermott scheduled Becker for a Nov. 15 hearing on the charges after setting her bond at $20,000, 10 percent allowed for release. Becker appeared in court via videoconference from the county jail.

The DUI, aggravated by Becker’s preliminary breath test reading of more than two times the legal limit of 0.08 for driving, is a Class 3A felony, punishable by up to three years in prison, 18 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine.

The drug charges are infractions with fines as penalties.

Columbus Police Officer Santiago Velasquez reported that when he made contact with Becker she admitted to consuming four “big” tequila drinks at a local restaurant and to being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

She voluntarily agreed to provide a preliminary breath sample that registered a reading of 0.20, Velasquez wrote in his probable cause arrest statement.

Becker was previously convicted of DUI in September 2007 and September 2008.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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