Montezuma County Health Department director pleads guilty to 2nd DUI

MONTEZUMA COUNTY, Colo. - The director of the Montezuma County Health Department has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

The Cortez Journal reports 58-year-old Lori Cooper pleaded guilty to the charge last week and is scheduled to be sentenced May 6.

Cortez police pulled Cooper over on March 5 after someone reported she was driving at a slow rate of speed and weaving on U.S. Highway 160. Investigators say a bottle of vodka that was three-quarters full was in plain view on the passenger side floorboard, and Cooper's blood alcohol content of 0.248 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving.

Cooper, who still works at the county health department, also was convicted last year on a DUI charge in Payson, Ariz.

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