A 47-year-old woman from Le Center is charged with drunk driving, accused of nearly causing a couple of crashes and insulting a good samaritan who pleaded with her to get off the roads.
According to the complaint, a motorist came across a van being driven by Shanah Carolyn Collins around 7:15pm on July 27th. The witness stated that the vehicle was going about 80 miles an hour and weaving all over the road. The witness called authorities and followed the van which he says was in the wrong lane and nearly caused a head-on collision, forcing a vehicle off of Le Sueur County Road 136 and into the grass.
The witness says as Collins later approached Highway 99, she stopped and he pulled along side her and pleaded with her to stop before she killed someone. The witness says Collins called him “ugly” and proceeded through the intersection, nearly colliding with a truck.
Shortly after, the responding Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Collins, who allegedly refused to get out of her vehicle because she was worried that authorities were going to shoot her.
The deputy says about 20 minutes later, Collins did get out and was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where testing put her blood alcohol content at .20, more than double the legal limit.