The driver of a vehicle involved in a rollover collision Wednesday on East Mescalero Road has been charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquors and drugs.
Lisa Histrov Reinecke, 54, of Roswell, also faces a charge of vehicle damage and driving without proof of insurance, according to a statement of probable cause filed Thursday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
Reinecke was driving her 2009 silver Nissan Murano east on Mescalero when she rammed into the driver’s-side rear end of a parked white Ford F-150 pickup truck. Her vehicle rolled over onto its roof.
No injuries were reported and according to the statement, Reinecke refused to be transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.
The accident report states Reinecke was still seatbelted into the driver’s seat of her overturned vehicle when police arrived on the scene. Due to the damage, the rear right-passenger door had to be removed to get Reinecke out of the Nissan.
Reinecke told an officer at the scene that she suffers from night blindness and does not use corrective lenses when she drives. According to the statement of probable cause, she told an officer that when she was driving, she could not tell the difference between the curb and the parked truck.
Reinecke also smelled of alcohol, had watery and bloodshot eyes and struggled to maintain her balance, according to the statement. She also repeatedly refused a breathalyzer test.
Reinecke was subsequently arrested and taken to the police station.
Officers later discovered a vodka bottle in the back of the police unit where Reinecke’s feet had been. When asked about the bottle, Reinecke said she did not know where it came from and that it did not belong to her, according to the statement.
Arresting officers were unable to search Reinecke thoroughly before she was placed in the unit because a female officer was not on the scene at the time, according to the statement.
Reinecke was placed in a holding cell while arresting officers completed the paperwork to have her incarcerated, according to the statement. Officers later discovered she had slipped out of her handcuffs.
Arresting officers believed Reinecke slipped out of her handcuffs while she was in the back of the police unit and pulled the empty vodka bottle off herself, according to the statement.
She was subsequently transported to the Chaves County Detention Center.
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