A Mankato woman is facing a long list of charges after a crash last week.
Blue Earth County dispatch received a call Tuesday evening from a concerned citizen that saw a woman leave the Aldi’s parking lot on Madison Avenue who appeared to be intoxicated. Mankato Police responded and couldn’t find the silver Ford she was reported to be driving, and soon after got a call that a vehicle matching the car’s description with the same tag number was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Stadium Road near Warren Street.
The damaged Ford Focus was found in a parking lot on Stadium Road, with heavy front-end damage, and the criminal complaint states that the vehicle was likely totaled.
The car’s owner was found and the officer said she seemed confused but agreed to speak with the officer outside and was “shocked” at the sight of her totaled car. The car owner’s boyfriend told investigators that her mother had taken the car to do some grocery shopping.
The officer spoke with 45-year-old Dayna Pehling and said she smelled strongly of alcohol, claimed she didn’t remember being in a crash, and failed field sobriety tests. The report shows she blew a .21 on a portable breath test.
She refused to take the standard breath test at the jail after making a phone call to a “friend who is in law school.”
Court records show Pehling was previously convicted of drunk driving twice in the past ten years.
Pehling is charged with drunk driving, refusing to take a breath test, failing to stop after a crash, driving with a revoked license, and failing to stay in the proper lane.