A 41-year-old Black River Falls woman has been charged with third-offense drunk driving and resisting an officer after a Jan. 13 traffic stop in the town of Brockway.

According to the criminal complaint, a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a report of car that had driven into a snowbank on Airport Road shortly after 10 p.m. When the deputy arrived, Amylynn F. Baker was attempting to climb over the snowbank toward the front of the vehicle. She fell into the snowbank and wasn’t moving when the deputy made contact.

The deputy helped Baker from the snowbank. The complaint says Baker was barely able to stand and frequently relied on the vehicle to retain her balance. The deputy reported Baker had slurred speech and glassy eyes. Baker agreed to a field sobriety test but lost her balance and fell to the ground. The deputy discontinued the test for safety reasons.

Baker initially agreed to a preliminary breath test but failed to produce an adequate sample. Police then informed Baker that she was under arrest and asked her to put her hands behind her back. She allegedly responded by yelling and pulling against the two deputies on the scene. She was taken to the Jackson County Jail, where she asked for a lawyer and refused a blood test.

Baker has an initial court appearance set for Feb. 26.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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