A male driver was stopped at a red light at Southwest Highway and Cicero Avenue, in traffic, when another vehicle, driven by a woman, rear ended his vehicle.
He called the police who arrived on the scene at about 5:45 a.m. on Januray 10th, to find the two cars, the woman and the man. The police talked to the man who told them what happened. Then, they spoke to the woman, Margaret Ward, who they said was swaying back and forth and unable to keep her balance.
The police asked Ward if she had been drinking and she said it was about an hour since she had anything to drink, according to the police. When she was asked to take a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer, she refused. The police then took her into custody and transported her to the police station.
After a 20 minute observation period, Ward was asked if she would take the breathalyzer and she agreed. The police allege that she recorded a blood alcohol content level of .275, which is more than three times the legal limit for driving a car.
Ward, a 60 year old white female with a Burbank address, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with an alcohol concentration in breath or blood of .08 or more and issued citations for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured vehicle, and having an obstructed windshield.