Woman charged with OWI allegedly tells officer ‘I’m drunk’

Police responded to report of woman passed out in car

Published On: Jul 05 2013 12:30:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2013 01:55:34 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Police said a Madison woman who was found sleeping in her car last week told officers she was intoxicated.

Last Friday, Madison police responded to the intersection of Hob Street and Spaanem Avenue at about 9:40 p.m. for a report of a woman passed out in a vehicle with the hazard lights on.

Sheri LaBelle-Coleman, 48, told the officer she did not need any medical attention, even though the officers said she was leaning over in an odd way when they were speaking with her.

The report noted that when the officer requested her driver's license, she handed over a lighter.

Police said there was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from LaBelle-Coleman, and officers could see liter bottles of Mr. Boston vodka on the seat of the vehicle.

LaBelle-Coleman did not deny having consumed alcohol that day, police said. The report said that when officers asked her if she was willing to do field sobriety tests, she said, "Nope, I'm drunk."

The officers noted that LaBelle-Coleman had difficulty walking when she was taken into custody. A preliminary breath test measured her blood-alcohol level at .310 percent, according to the report.

Police also said LaBelle didn't immediately remember that her driver's license was suspended in connection with a similar alcohol-related driving incident a month prior until the officer mentioned it.

LaBelle-Coleman was charged with operating while intoxicated and operating after suspension, and taken to the Dane County Jail.