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DWI arrest in Cove almost 3 times the limit

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Copperas Cove Police reporting making an arrest of a driver who showed a breathalyzer level of 0.227, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08.

Police had been called on a report of a possible intoxicated driver at 3:28 a.m. Sunday at 1418 East Business Highway 190.

The caller had stated that the car had been sitting at a drive through window for almost twenty minutes.

The arrest affidavit said that as the officer was on the way he noticed a black 2000 model Acura with no license plate turn onto East Avenue D from East Business Highway 190 without lights on.

The officer said that after asking for an additional unit, the officer made a traffic stop of the vehicle and identified the driver as Krystina Smith-Perry and stated in the arrest affidavit that he immediately detected an overwhelming odor associated with alcohol.

The officer said the driver was uncooperative and he had to reach into the vehicle to turn off the ignition.

At the jail, it was determined that on reviewing her criminal history she had been previously been convicted of DWI in April 2018.

At that point a breath sample was taken with readings of 0.227 and 0.218. 

Later Sunday morning, another officer was called to an apartment in the 1800 block of North Main regarding an infant left alone inside an apartment that could be heard crying.

A caller told officers the apartment belonged to Smith-Perry who had been arrested for DWI earlier in the morning.

After getting maintenance to open the apartment, the officer found the child, believed to be about a year old, inside a crib crying with a soiled diaper.

Police say that when questioned about the child, she said that a woman had been with the child when she left,  but when police made contact with the woman she had named,  learned that woman was in Kentucky and had not been in Texas since Saturday.

Officers prepared a separate complaint alleging abandoning or endangering a child.

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