Redfield woman charged with drunk driving, child endangerment

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Terri Lynn Lira Arthur, 49, of Redfield was arrested on drunk-driving and child-endangerment charges after rear-ending a vehicle in the 34000 block of South Old Highway 6 about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A Redfield woman was arrested on drunk-driving and child-endangerment charges after rear-ending a vehicle in the 34000 block of Old Highway 6 about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Terri Lynn Lira Arthur, 49, of 1415 First St., Redfield, was arrested on charges of second-offense OWI, child endangerment causing injury, following too closely, failure to stop in assured clear distance, no insurance and open container.

According to court records, Arthur was traveling northbound in the 34000 block of South Old Highway 6 about one-half mile north of U.S. Interstate 80 near Dexter when her Chevrolet Suburban collided with the rear end of another vehicle, which entered the ditch following the impact.

A Dallas County Deputy Sheriff responded to the incident. Arthur’s minor child “was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision” and “sustained a minor injury to his left hand,” according to the deputy’s report.

Arthur herself “had bloodshot and watery eyes,” according to the deputy, who also alleged he “could smell a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant’s breath.”

Arthur allegedly failed the standard field sobriety tests administered at the scene, and she refused to take a preliminary breath test at the scene and a DataMaster breath test at the Dallas County Jail.

Arthur was released Thursday from the Dallas County Jail after posting $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Sept. 13 in Dallas County District Court.

Arthur was convicted of OWI in 2015 in Norfolk County, Neb.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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