Bellevue police officers are frustrated that a woman who falsely reported she was lost in the snow Tuesday night was still allowed to drive.
“When you see this and look at the record, the driver’s license has been suspended or revoked 13 times and they are still out there driving around.”
Captain Herb Evers says 45 year old Dawn Garcia told authorities that she was stuck in the bitter cold and snow and needed help. Fourteen Bellevue firefighters, nine police officers and four Offutt Air Force Base Security Personnel spent over a half hour in 27 degree below zero wind chill looking for Garcia. She reported to 911 that her daughter and uncle had taken off on foot to look for help but later admitted she had left the pair at an Iowa casino. Captain Evers says Garcia was actually stuck and was intoxicated at the time. This isn’t her first offense.
“Fifth DUI and 14th time for driving under a revoked license, something is broke somewhere. But, we do our job and the courts do what they have to do.”
Captain Evers says there was an open container inside her vehicle. He says when they run a license and see 13 driving under suspension violations and numerous drunken driving charges, it is extremely frustrating.
“The thing that frustrates us or hurts us most is when we find a repeat drunk driver who has injured or killed someone. That is just disheartening.”
Captain Evers says through plea bargains, Garcia was charged with second offense drunk driving THREE times.
“Why not on the 3rd, charge her with 3rd and why not on the 4th, charge her with a 4th? This one would have been a felony. That is what’s frustrating.”
With Tuesday’s wild goose chase, Garcia will be charged with drunk driving, again, driving under suspension, again, and having an open container in the vehicle.