Prairie Dog Shooter Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

A woman who said she was out shooting prairie dogs and drinking was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Boulder police said.

Officer Melanie Patterson said she saw the driver of a blue Jeep SUV make turns without signaling, make wide/improper turns and drive over a double yellow line at 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the police report.

Patterson said when she pulled the driver over, the woman told her she had been drinking earlier.

When the driver, Tiana Rae Bell, got out of the car, officers said they noticed her blue jeans were unbuttoned and unzipped. They said they told her to button and zip her pants.

The woman agreed to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, but said she would fail, according to the police report.

She performed the maneuvers in an unsatisfactory manner, the officer said.

While Bell was in the police car, officers said they found a loaded rifle in her car. Bell told officers the rifle was hers and that she had been out shooting prairie dogs earlier in the day, police said.

At the police station, Bell took an alcohol breath test. The results were a 0.153 percent blood-alcohol content police said. The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Colorado is 0.05 percent for a DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) and 0.08 percent and above for DUI (Driving Under the Influence), according to Pikes Peak Law.

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