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Hit-skip driver charged with DUI

Cary Ashby • Nov 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM

A local woman was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after she reportedly fled the scene of a hit-skip crash and was followed by police officers early Sunday.

Heather K. Nickoli, 37, of 3 Hampton Way, was westbound on Christie Avenue about 2:45 a.m. Norwalk Police Officer Jared Ferris reported Nickoli hit the left rear of a 1998 Honda CRV parked in front of 10 Christie Ave.

Police said she fled the scene, continuing west and other officers saw her going north on Norwood Avenue. Officers followed Nickoli to a Walnut Street residence, where she was charged with DUI and then transported to the Huron County Jail.

Nickoli's blood-alcohol content level tested at .235 percent via a breath test, police said. That's almost three times the legal limit for drivers in Ohio of .08 percent.

Police had Nickoli's 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe and the other sport utility vehicle towed from the scene. Police placed a holder on the Santa Fe.

It's unknown if Nickoli was using a seatbelt, but the front air bag deployed. Nickoli, who wasn't injured, told police she was going 20 mph in the 25-mph zone.

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