A Crown Point woman involved in an alleged hit-and-run crash early Tuesday was stopped blocks away driving her car with a flat tire and a smoking engine, police said.
Avery Kueck, 39, has been charged with operating while intoxicated, felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, disorderly conduct and failure of duty in connection with the incident, police said.
A witness reported seeing Kueck asleep at the wheel just after 8:30 a.m. while stopped in her car near the corner of Main and Goldsborough streets, police said.
Kueck woke up and drove off after a passer-by tried to help by putting the car into park, police said.
Officers in pursuit saw Kueck driving erratically on both sides of the street, nearly striking several parked cars before officers forced her car to the side of the road at the intersection of Monitor and Court streets, police said.
Witnesses told officers Kueck's car crashed into another car earlier, backed up, made a u-turn and struck a fire hydrant and sign pole at the intersection of East and Goldsborough streets, police said.
The crash flattened Kueck's car tire, police said. The other driver was not hurt.
Officers first transported Kueck to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital based on her level of intoxication, police said.
Kueck registered a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.34 on a portable breath test, police said. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08.
Kueck swore at police and tried to unbuckle her seat belt and open the police squad car door while being transported, police said.
Kueck allegedly admitted to drinking wine earlier in the morning. She told officers she was "just trying to get home," police said.
Kueck was placed in the Lake County jail on a $2,000 cash bond, police said.
The 2013 Jeep she allegedly had been driving was impounded by police.