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Police allegedly find DUI suspect in the passenger seat

Trooper also finds empty vodka bottle in purse

L. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege an Alburtis woman with an empty bottle of vodka in her purse tried to throw police off the track after a fender bender by switching seats with her passenger.

Louise C. Robinson, of Windsor Road, faces DUI charges after her arrest Friday evening near a Weis grocery store off Route 100 in Lower Macungie Township. District Judge Donna Butler arraigned the 71-year-old late that night, setting bail at $1,000.

Pennsylvania State Police with the Fogelsville barracks were dispatched shortly after 5:30 p.m. to handle a disabled vehicle call near the grocery store at 3369 Route 100. Police arrived to find a Jeep Latitude parked along the shoulder with minor front-end damage and a flat front tire, according to court records. Ralph Robinson was behind the wheel.

A pair of witnesses told police that the Jeep left the Weis parking lot and struck a metal pole on a concrete divider. One witness described an altercation between the two in the car, and the other told police that Louise Robinson moved into the passenger seat, according to court records.

A state trooper said Louise Robinson smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and glassy eyes. Away from Louise Robinson, Ralph Robinson initially denied, but eventually admitted to police that he had initially been in the passenger seat, according to records. Records do not indicate the nature of their relationship.

Police allege Louise Robinson failed field sobriety tests. As a state trooper looked through her purse for a driver’s license, he allegedly found an empty 200 mL bottle of Absolut.

Ralph Robinson told police that he tried to take control of the vehicle by grabbing the wheel at which point she allegedly began hitting him.

State police charged Louise Robinson with driving under the influence and summary offenses that include harassment and careless driving.

She was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a May 19 preliminary hearing after failing to post bail.

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