Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Woman charged with assault with vehicle

Pedicab and passengers hit with ice cream, rammed

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011, 6:41 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011, 3:23 PM CDT
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police have charged a 19-year-old woman with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a second-degree felony, after she allegedly rear-ended a pedicab with her SUV. Arrested and charged was Elle Oberling Obrien.
Two passengers were in the pedicab and one of them, a woman, was injured when she tried to get out of the pedicab as it was being rammed. The SUV allegedly hit one of her legs and ran over her foot. She was later treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. on Sunday in the 300 block of East Fourth Street. The pedicab driver told police he was driving westbound when someone threw what he thought was a bowl of ice cream at him and his occupants. He said a black SUV gave a "love tap" nudge to the rear of his pedicab. He said the SUV struck the pedicab a second time, harder than the first, and that his female passenger tried to get out of his pedicab when the SUV struck a third time and the passenger was hit. The SUV came at the pedicab a fourth time with a revved engine and drove straight at him, he told police, and he jumped out of the way so he wasn't hit.
The pedicab driver noted the license plate number of the SUV and gave it to police.
At about the same time, police were called to P.Terry's restaurant at 404 S. Lamar Blvd. on report of a possible driving-while-intoxicated situation. Employees told them a female had pulled into the drive-up window in an SUV, asked them for help and to call 9-1-1. She had a female passenger with her who was crying and could not breathe, according to the driver, who was later identified as Obrien. She asked the employee for water. The driver parked the SUV and the two women went into the restaurant's bathroom with one of the employees, who helped the passenger wash her face.
When police arrived, Obrien told them that she and her friend had been in an argument with another woman in a bar, and that they thought the friend had been sprayed in the face with Mace, according to the arrest affidavit.
Obrien allegedly gave the officer conflicting information about where her vehicle was parked and attempted to leave before the officer finished his questioning. The officer got a call from police dispatch about the pedicab collision and matched the license plate number from that incident to the SUV that Obrien had parked in the P.Terry's lot.
During the interview of Obrien, the officer said she was screaming and he could smell alcohol on her breath, according to the police report. She told him she had consumed several medications and also drank shots of whiskey. He conducted a field sobriety test, which Obrien allegedly failed.
Bond was set at $20,000 and Obrien was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim who was hurt in the ramming of the pedicab.
There was no information in the police report about the male passenger who was also an occupant of the pedicab.
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