Woman cited for DUI twice within 3 hours

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BLACK DIAMOND, Wash. -- A woman has been arrested for driving drunk twice within a 3-hour period. The first arrest came after she plowed into the front of a Black Diamond store.

Police say 58-year-old Laura Kelsch wasn't hurt and no one else was either. Surveillance video of the crash showed officers giving her a field sobriety test and police say she was three-times the legal limit -- at noon.

Police believe Kelsch was heading to the liquor store next door. Instead, she was taken to the Enumclaw jail, but it was full so they took her back home and released her.

But within a half hour, she's returned to buy alcohol.

Her car had been impounded from the crash, but officers say she returned to the liquor store driving her husband's truck. She was arrested a second time.

"I think she made some bad choices," said Cole Cameron, who witnessed the initial crash. "I think she didn't learn her lesson the first time."

Just two years ago, Hailey's Law was passed requiring cars of suspected drunk drivers be impounded so they can't drive it for the next 12 hours. But in this case, Kelsch drove a different vehicle the second time.

"Yes, it's unfortunate but she made that decision," said Cmdr. Greg Goral with Black Diamond Police. "We did our part. The law is designed and we followed that part where that vehicle was impounded."

Kelsch was back home Friday after spending a night in jail on the second arrest, but didn't want to comment. Police say they cited Kelsch for two DUIs and she'll get a summons to appear in court soon.