CLEAR LAKE – A Clear Lake woman slammed into deputy’s parked patrol vehicle, then tried to flee from the crash scene before she was arrested for drunk driving.
On October 27, 2018, at about 12:35 AM, a Cerro Gordo County Deputy Sheriff made a traffic stop near the intersection of Main Avenue and South 8th Street in Clear Lake. While outside of the vehicle speaking with the driver of the traffic stop, the Deputy’s patrol vehicle was struck by a 2007 Toyota Camry. The Camry was northbound on South 8th Street and struck the rear end of the Deputy’s patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle had full Sheriff reflective markings and the emergency lighting was on at the time of the collision.
A report from the Sheriff’s Office says the driver of the Camry, Stacey Irene Lester, 44, of Clear Lake, then attempted to flee from the scene but the deputy was able to catch her within a few blocks and she then stopped. Lester was arrested, transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail, and charged with OWI 1st Offense and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
There were no injuries as a result of the collision. Both vehicles were damaged.
Clear Lake Police assisted at the scene.