OLYMPIA — A 60-year-old retired schoolteacher accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 for more than 17 miles at speeds as high as 100 miles per hour has pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated.
Pamela Drawsby of Olympia entered her plea Thursday in Thurston County District Court and was released.
The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that Drawsby had a 0.12 percent blood-alcohol level after State Patrol troopers finally stopped her car early Wednesday. The legal intoxication threshold for Washington drivers is 0.08 percent.
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The judge required the woman to use a car ignition-interlock device that will prevent the vehicle from starting if she has had alcohol.
Deputy Prosecutor Cassandra Jones says Drawsby might have been under the influence of several medications.
Trooper Guy Gill says despite several near-misses, no one was hit or injured during the car’s northbound trip from Tumwater in the freeway’s southbound lanes.