Drunk driver swerves to miss deer, minivan catches on fire

Norwalk woman tests over legal limit for alcohol.
Cary Ashby
Nov 11, 2013

 

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.

Comments

KURTje

Great for her! Now she gets to pay.

oh heck

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kelly207

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truckin

7am? Drinking? Probably up thru nite? Rapid cig smokin'? Nervous? Makes me wonder what was cookin' in the back that spilled? In order to catch fire?

Uputwhatwhere7

Deer was armed with matches.

scooter58

Nah. You're thinking too small. He had a flamethrower stashed behind a tree, and made sure that SHE was the only one who missed! Was "You Light Up My Life" playing on her cassette deck, too?

savage_henry

Pretty sure if she had a meth lab in her van there would've been charred remains... jus sayin

truckin

??? How would you know?? Fill me in.. Seriously, not being smart butt, just totally engulfed in flame?? I just don't believe with all these safety standards on auto's.. Then a foriegn car to boot. Highest of safety standards. a quick swerve or even a deer bump, would cause a fire..Possibility could be "high".. I quess we'll wait and see/hear.

Good 2 B Me

I have it!

All of the swerving caused the Van to create friction. The friction set off a spark. Naturally there is oxygen in the air. That spark set the air on fire causing the rest of the van, which surrounds that air, to catch fire too.

Easy Peasy!

I cannot believe that no one else figured this out!

Painting1

Man, look at all these comments you have the trash that talks about "karma" you have the broke ones that talk about her "paying" then you have the bottom feeders talking about "meth" I never realized the truth behind norwalk being full of ignorance but I see it now. I just sat down and signed up to make a comment. Maybe instead of sitting at your computer collecting the welfare I'm sure u r collecting why don't you look at the world news bc if a women driving with a test that put her .003 over the limit is bad ur pathetic crawl out from under the rock ur living under. Go have a few drinks on a Friday night then wake up early Saturday and get a coffee, u ignorant simple small town clowns then get pulled over and catch a DUI and see what u have to post then.

ladydye_5

Do you know her? If you are THAT drunk, you can wake up and still be OVER the limit, maybe you should stay in bed. Oh and I do NOT collect welfare, thank you.

Good 2 B Me

Been sitting around counting my welfare money and eating soooo much food from my food stamps. (sarcasm)

Painting1, you must have quite a life if you can defend someone like her for driving drunk and "Ass-u-me" that everyone that comments is on welfare.

BTW, by your standard, you are one welfare too since you are commenting.

Sitting In The ...

A clear sign of intelligence is when people use " U and R" hahaha.

oh heck

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shovelhead

This chick was drinking the night before & went to bed late....then got up early to move some belongings. She went off the road to the left & ran over some large driveway marker stones that were placed at the entrance to a driveway. These rocks ruptured the fuel line & ripped off the oil pan, causing the fire. Portable meth lab? Really? Vehicles catch on fire a lot easier than people think. .110 is about 4 beers in an hour....everyone's been there before. Just glad she's ok & can move on with life.

truckin

If that you say is true.. Then she lied to the cop about a deer, also left side of road, means it could have been a head on with an innocent.. and dane she sure can slam the brewski's down. 4 an hr.??? NO..not everyone has been there before..sorry.

Good 2 B Me

I have never consumed 4 beers in my entire life, let alone 4 in an hour.

Painting1

Alright I'm impelled to have a response to. "oh heck" you don't find it the least bit pathetic that have to feel better about yourself by bashing someone else? Well I'm gonna go in a limb here and see how small this town is. I bet that your husband/boyfriend is the same guy that would come running over to their house and bring his home made wine and moonshine? I guess you should spend a little more time writing up ways on how you can better yourself then bashing other people. I'm sure you have many many problems of your own that definitely could use some attention. Grow up.

Good 2 B Me

Says a person that is doing nothing more than BASHING SOMEONE ELSE.

Think about that for a minute.

oh heck

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shurst

Wish I knew who "oh heck" is.....I'd like to shake their hand! U can't fix stupid! LMAO!!!!

shurst

I could comment all day but not worth it. Good bye

Painting1

it is just cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow minded gossip and pass judgement, for persons instead of things, I'm done I hope that tomorrow brings you many more things to comment about for hiding behind a computer vs. going to someone and telling them how you feel is the new way of life for the simple minded and scared little people.

Good 2 B Me

Hypoctire. Everything that you are comdemning others for is being done by you in every single comment that you leave.

Seriously. Get a job.

oh heck

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Painting1

17 million people drank and drove last year .08 is the limit .11 is what she blew oh boy she was going hard huh lol. Your telling me that this is really worth you commenting or making a scene about man and I thought that maybe something like Huron county being the 5th lowest job rate it the state would bring better comments then some one doing what most all of us have done a time or so (rather we are to "proud" to admit it or not.) And as for you to be so concerned as to who I am or what affiliation I have with her, I believe that is none of your concern. I know exactly who you are do you see me continuing to talk about it? Lets chalk it up here she is down on her luck bad luck happens, get over her problems and move on with yours

ladydye_5

.11 is OVER the limit. Illegal. Period. And if she was drinking the night before and was still drunk in the morning then yeah I'd say she was "going hard". If she was drinking at 7 am , then yeah I'd say that was "going hard". Either way you want to shake it.....it was .11 and that is over the limit. Just because 17million others did it does not make it better. Just means she was in good company. Being down on your luck is not an excuse to drive drunk. How would you feel if she had hit someone, injured someone, or killed someone?

Good 2 B Me

It is pathetic that someone would be defending her being drunk and driving. ANy way that you slice it, she was DRINKING AND DRIVING. That, my friend, it against the law! Don't defend her by saying that other people do it.

Other people murder, does that make it alright? According to you, yes.

KURTje

Hope a drunken driver never kills your friend(s).

ally_65

people have better ways of dealing with their bad luck. thank god her kids were not with her. it's a shame she is following the " utter " bad name. such a sad family. hopefully she learns from this mistake unlike her little brother defending her who shouldn't even be allowed to comment on any form of social media. hide your little girls !

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