Police: Drunken driver who hit 7 parked cars has 3 previous DUIs

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LONGMONT, Colo. — An alleged drunken driver who crashed into seven parked cars and a tree on Monday has three previous DUI offenses, the Longmont Police Department said.

The incident happened outside a bar catty-corner from the Longmont Police Department just before 5 p.m.

Sonja Marie Lawson, 43, was refused service at a bar near Main Street and Third Avenue because she was already intoxicated, police spokesman Paul Beach said.

Lawson left the bar, got into her car and hit seven cars in the parking lot before hitting a tree, Beach said. An officer saw the whole thing and called it out over police radio.

Lawson had an open container of alcohol in her vehicle and didn’t have any proof of insurance, Beach said. She was transported to the hospital and agreed to a blood draw. It will take about two weeks to get the results.

Under Colorado’s new felony DUI law, Lawson could be charged with a felony if this becomes her fourth DUI. Lawson had two warrants out for her arrest — one for child abuse and one for third-degree assault, Beach said.

She was charged with violating two restraining orders that restricted her from possessing or consuming alcohol. She is also facing two counts of violating bond conditions.