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Woman arrested with .388 blood alcohol level

An Apple Valley woman whose blood alcohol content was estimated at more than four times the legal limit for driving was arrested Aug. 28 in Rosemount after she tried to speed away from a traffic stop.

Rosemount police stopped Lacey Ann Meacham, 28, on Aug. 28 after receiving reports of a vehicle that was "all over the road in" in downtown Rosemount.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Meacham stopped for police, then started to get out of the car. When the officer told her to get back in, she put the car in gear and drove away, at one point hitting 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone. She eventually stopped on her own.

According to the complaint, the officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol when he talked to Meacham. When he asked if she was under the influence of any illegal drugs, she reportedly responded. "I'm on alcohol." Asked how much, she said, "A lot."

That certainly appears to be the case. Meacham failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test indicated a blood alcohol concentration of .388.

When asked at the Rosemount Police Department whether she would take a blood test, Meacham said she would do so only with a warrant. She didn't make a decision when asked to take a breath test.

Police took Meacham to detox.

If convicted on a felony charge of fleeing a police officer, Meacham could face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $5,000. A third-degree DWI charge related to refusing a blood alcohol test has a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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