POLICE: Louisville woman charged with DUI after driving car into Ohio River
Authorities say a witness was able to pull the suspect from the car.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman has been arrested after police say she drove her car into the Ohio River while under the influence.
Shannon Stelzer, 37, was arrested Sunday at Cox Park on River Road. According to an arrest report, witnesses saw Stelzer in the driver's seat of a car that had been submerged into the river.
Authorities say those witnesses were Ernest and Sarah Hammond. They were able to pull Stelzer from the car.
Sarah's dad, William Mudd, called the actions of his loved ones heroic.
"If they wouldn't have been there, I'm sure she would've drowned. The way they described it, she didn't even know where she was at, or how she got there. If they wouldn't have been there, she would have definitely died," Mudd said.
Police say Stelzer was unable to complete multiple field sobriety tests.
According to investigators, Stelzer said she had two beers at her job, but could not remember how she ended up at the park nor how her car ended up in the river.
Stelzer refused to take a blood alcohol content test, according to officials.
She is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Court officials say Stelzer is expected in court on Wednesday.
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