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Woman drunk when she hit two vehicles, police say
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A McMinnville woman faces a long list of charges after reportedly hitting two vehicles and then running from police while under the influence Thursday night.


Brittany Nicole Smith, 32, has been charged with second-offense DUI, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest, and reckless endangerment.


She was arrested Thursday night in Forest Park around 8:15 p.m., according to Police Chief Bryan Denton, and reportedly told the officer she had been drinking vodka and beer.


Denton said the chain of events began about 30 minutes before her arrest when Smith reportedly rear-ended another vehicle in the Captain D’s drive-thru. When the occupant of the other vehicle got out to assess the damage, Smith drove away in a white Nissan Pathfinder.


A few minutes later, Smith reportedly hit another vehicle, this time in the WCMS parking lot. She fled again but her white SUV was identified.


Smith was still driving around town when one of the motorists she allegedly hit just a few minutes earlier spotted her, fell in behind her SUV, and called 911. With police alerted to her whereabouts, they tried to make a traffic stop, but Smith did not pull over.


According to Denton, she traveled past WCMS on Caldwell Street, turned onto Rebel Hill Street and then proceeded to travel on Spring Street.


He said police made an attempt to set out spike strips near First Baptist Church but could not get the spike strips deployed in time.


“Because we thought she was responsible for hitting two vehicles already, and didn’t know what she might do next, the spike strips are a good alternative,” said Denton. “They are very effective if you can get them set up correctly.”


Smith turned onto Morford Street, went past Hardee’s, and then turned into the Forest Park subdivision at its main entrance off West Main Street. She was arrested at a stop sign at the intersection of Parkview Drive and Shelbyville Road, according to Denton.


Police noted there was damage to Smith’s vehicle consistent with damage that would have occurred in the earlier incidents.