CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake woman is accused of drunk driving and crashing into a sheriff’s department vehicle while the deputy was conducting a traffic stop for another vehicle.

At about 12:35 a.m. Saturday, a Cerro Gordo County deputy made a traffic stop near the intersection of Main Avenue and South Eighth Street in Clear Lake.

While the deputy was outside the vehicle speaking with the driver, the deputy’s patrol vehicle was rear-ended by a blue 2007 Toyota Camry. 

The patrol vehicle had its emergency lights on at the time, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

The driver of the Camry, Stacey Irene Lester, 44, then attempted to flee the scene, court documents said. The deputy was not hurt and was able to catch her within a few blocks.

Lester, who was also uninjured, "had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her" as well as "bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech," the deputy wrote in court documents. 

She refused breath testing but completed field sobriety tests which determined she was under the influence of alcohol, according to court documents. 

Lester was arrested and transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail. She was charged with operating while under the influence--first offense and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Lester was released after posting a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Nov. 9. 

The Clear Lake Police Department assisted at the scene.

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