Only two years after being convicted of her first driving under the influence charge, a 31-year-old woman is facing her second offense following a crash Tuesday night near the Stones River Mall.
Only two years after being convicted of her first driving under the influence charge, a 31-year-old woman is facing her second offense following a crash Tuesday night near the Stones River Mall.Jessica R. Membrila, of Christiana, has been charged with a second DUI offense and driving on a suspended license in connection with the incident, which occurred on Stones River Boulevard, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Officer Darrin Wilcox.When Wilcox responded to the scene just before 8 p.m. and made contact with Membrila, he reported that he noticed she appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance, most likely alcohol.Ms. Membrila had the odor of an intoxicant on her breath and person, her eyes were bloodshot, and her speech was slurred, Wilcox said in the report.Upon further investigation, Membrila eventually admitted to drinking two beers prior to driving, Wilcox reported. She agreed to perform standardized field sobriety tests, he said, but she did not perform them as explained and demonstrated. Once in custody, Wilcox learned that Membrila did not have a valid license due to an unpaid traffic citation and discovered she had previously been convicted of a DUI offense.Additionally, she was found to have a prior conviction for a DUI in Rutherford County in October 2011, Wilcox said, noting he then transported her to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center to be booked on the charges.After officials took a blood test to determine her blood alcohol level, as required by Tennessee law, Membrila was booked into jail on the charges and held on a $3,000 bond.A preliminary hearing in the case has since been scheduled for December in Rutherford County General Sessions Court in Murfreesboro.