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DPS: DWI with child suspect drove wrong way on US 69 north of Lufkin

Katherine Butler (Source: Angelina County Jail) Katherine Butler (Source: Angelina County Jail)
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested a 39-year-old Wells woman for driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 after witnesses spotted her driving north in a southbound lane of traffic on US Highway 69 North Friday.

Katherine Elaine Butler was booked into the Angelina County Jail early Saturday morning on a state-jail felony charge of DWI with a child under the age of 15. She was released later that day after she posted a bond of $7,500.

According to Trooper David Hendry, a DPS spokesman, witnesses spotted Butler driving erratically on US Highway 69 North around 8:30 p.m. Friday and called 911. Hendry said Butler was allegedly driving north in a southbound lane of traffic.

The witnesses stayed on the line with the 911 dispatcher and reported that she struck a sign near the intersection of US Highway 69 and Highway 7 before she veered off the road and wound up in the median between the south and north bound lanes of traffic.

When the DPS trooper arrived on the scene, Butler and the boy were already out of the car. Hendry said the report was unclear on the teen's age, other that he was under the age of 15. The report stated she had a strong smell of alcohol coming off her, and also said she admitted to have taken prescription drugs as well.

After Butler allegedly failed a field sobriety test, she was taken to a local hospital, where a blood sample was taken. The boy was released into his parents' custody.

No one was injured in the accident.

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