Woman in Ham Lake Crash Wearing 'Alcohol You Later' Shirt Charged with DWI

Katharine Marie Luedtke Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office
Katharine Marie Luedtke

June 19, 2018 03:04 PM

A 34-year-old Blaine woman with three previous driving while impaired convictions is charged with two counts of DWI after police say she crashed her vehicle in Ham Lake on Friday evening.

According to court documents, Katharine Marie Luedtke's preliminary breath test posted a 0.175, more than double the legal limit, and officers noted she was wearing a shirt reading, "Alcohol you later" and was not wearing shoes, when they arrived on scene at 10 p.m. 

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Luedtke initially told officer she was not driving, but she later said she was driving to pick up a relative at the time of the crash, the criminal complaint reports. Her car was located 50 feet off the road in the ditch.

Officers report she appeared impaired and admitted to drinking alcohol. She was arrested for suspected drunk driving and tried to kick the arresting officer, according to court documents. 

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At 11:54 p.m. Luedtke asked to consult with an attorney and after some calls, she declined to submit to a breath test, stating her lawyer "doesn't advocate for breath tests," the criminal complaint reports.

Luedtke's relative called authorities and said she did not give Luedtke permission to drive the car, adding Luedtke should not be driving due to several medications she was taking. 

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Luedtke has three previous DWI convictions in May 2010, June 2011 and July 2012. 

She is charged with refusing a breathalyzer in addition to DWI. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years and up to $14,000 fine.

 

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