A reported parking lot hit and run led to a fifth drunk driving charge against a Superior woman.
Karen Lorene Kendrick, 56, faces one count of fifth offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. She made her initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Dec. 9. Kendrick was released from Douglas County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 11, on a cash bail of $500 and a $1,500 signature bond. She was ordered not to use or possess alcohol.
According to the criminal complaint, Sgt. William Lear with the Superior Police Department responded to a Dec. 7 call to locate a driver who had struck a vehicle while leaving a business in Superior’s Itasca neighborhood. When Lear caught up to the suspect vehicle and activated his lights, the driver sped up and was weaving in the roadway. The vehicle turned in a driveway, weaving and driving through snowbanks on both sides of the driveway before stopping.
Lear reported that the driver, later identified as Kendrick, could not stand without holding onto the vehicle, had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from her and was slurring her words so badly he couldn’t understand her last name. He asked her why she was driving and she said “I shouldn’t be.”
Kendrick admitted having four cocktails that evening and did not recall hitting a vehicle in the parking lot. Lear told her that he thought she was driving under the influence of intoxicants and she reportedly said “Yep. I admit that.”
Witnesses at the Itasca business said they saw Kendrick’s vehicle back into another vehicle in the parking lot. The driver then left without stopping, nearly hitting another parked vehicle. They reported the driver had fallen into a snowbank outside the business before getting in her vehicle. Police also reviewed security camera footage of the accident provided by the business.
Kendrick has four previous convictions for impaired driving out of Minnesota, the most recent in 2010, according to the criminal complaint. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.
Her next court appearance was set for Dec. 18.