An intoxicated Norwalk driver who reportedly swerved to miss a deer this weekend had her minivan catch on fire.
Carmen L. Wiegel, 35, of 61 N. Foster St., was charged with driving under the influence and failure to control.
"She was drunk," Huron County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.
The sheriff's office received a call at 7:01 a.m. Saturday from a caller who reported a 2002 Nissan Quest hit a deer and caught fire. The accident happened in the 4800 block Gibbs Road east of Ohio 601.
"She says she swerved to miss a deer. She was able to get her vehicle back on the roadway and it caught on fire," Patrick said.
Dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls shortly after the accident. It's unclear how the minivan caught fire.
The Norwalk Fire Department responded to extinguish the vehicle fire. Firefighters said the minivan was "fully involved" upon arrival at 7:19 a.m. The crew, which was on scene two hours, also cleaned up an oil spill from the accident and assisted D & K Towing with loading the vehicle.
Sgt. Steve Shupp investigated the crash. Patrick said as the deputy interviewed Wiegel and she completed paperwork, he noticed the driver "kept smoking cigarette after cigarette" and when Shupp stepped closer to her, he also smelled the odor of alcohol on her breath.
"She failed some field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash site and then was taken to the sheriff's office," Patrick said.
"She tested at a .110 (percent)," he said about Wiegel's blood-alcohol content level on a breath test.
The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.
"She was released to a sober party," Patrick said.
Wiegel doesn't have any prior DUI convictions, according to Norwalk Municipal Court and sheriff's office records.