Columbia woman charged with DWI after May crash

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A driver involved in a crash May 6 is facing criminal charges related to the wreck.

According to unofficial online court documents, Angela Sipe, 29, of Columbia, has been charged with a class E felony of DWI - persistent.

According to the probable cause statement released by the Saline County Prosecutorís Office, a law enforcement officer arrived on the scene of a crash on May 6 near U.S. Highway 65 and Highway UU and observed a passenger vehicle in the ditch. The officer reportedly identified the driver of the vehicle as Sipe, and detected a strong odor of intoxicant coming from the vehicle.

Sipeís eyes appeared bloodshot and watery, the report states, and she slurred and stuttered her speech as she talked. She allegedly admitted to having one beer earlier that night. The officer then conducted standardized field sobriety tests, with Sipe swaying and failing to complete most of the tests correctly.

On Friday, Oct. 6, a warrant was issued with a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.