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Two charged with DUI

Wita D. Kuglasz admitted to city Patrolwoman Erika Heath that she left one bar and was on her way to another when she crashed her 2020 Nissan Sentra into a stop sign at Via Bella and William Street about 11:50 p.m. on June 19, according to an affidavit filed at the office of District Judge Aaron Biichle.

When the officer arrived on the scene, Kuglasz, 23, 2030 Mill Lane, apartment 2, was standing in a parking lot crying, the affidavit said. She initially told Heath that she was “just coming back from getting ice cream” with a family member.

The officer said in the affidavit that she detected “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on the woman’s breath. Kuglasz reported a male passenger in her car, whom she did not know, fled after the crash, Heath said, adding that the woman eventually admitted that she was coming from one bar, where she picked up the mystery passenger, and was actually on her way to another.

“Kuglasz exhibited signs of impairment during a series of field sobriety tests,” and she had a blood alcohol concentration level of .18, Heath said. Charged with DU, Kuglasz was released on bail after waiving her preliminary hearing before the judge.

In another DUI case before Biichle, Lakisha Pierce, 24, of 906 Washington Blvd., had a blood-alcohol concentration level .133 when city Patrolman Charles Schwab stopped her SUV near West Fourth and Pine streets about 2:50 a.m. on May 29. Pierce admitted she had been out drinking after the officer noticed that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He also noticed there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and her body, court records stated. Charged with DUI, she too is free on bail.

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