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Police: Drunk Willimantic driver had highest blood alcohol level seen in years

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

Police said they arrested a woman in Willimantic for hitting two parked cars and having one of the highest blood alcohol content levels they'd seen in years.

Jacqueline Steinberg, 39, of Willimantic, struck the vehicles on Spring Street Sunday night, according to police.

Officers said they received calls that a driver crashed then fled the scene shortly after 5 p.m.

Police responded and stopped Steinberg a short distance away from the scene. She was on Prospect Street near Chestnut Street.

She wasn't hurt, but was arrested after failing to pass a sobriety test.

Police said her blood alcohol content was .332, which was about four times the legal limit of .08.

“A BAC this high is fairly uncommon and is one of the top five highest I have seen here in the past 19 years," said Cpl. Stanley Parizo, Jr., Willimantic police. "It is irresponsible for anyone to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired, but this border lines on egregious behavior with a BAC this high.” 

Steinberg was charged with driving under the influence, evading responsibility and failing to drive right.

Her bond was set at $1,500.

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