York woman accused of felony DUI and refusal to test

YORK – Emily Crowdell, 41, of York, has been charged with felony driving under the influence (third offense) and two counts of refusal to test.

Her arraignment was held this week in York County District Court, during which she pleaded not guilty and a trial was scheduled for February, 2024.

According to court documents, the case began when a 911 call was received by York County Communications from a driver who happened to be a 26-year veteran and captain with the Washington State Patrol. The officer, who was obviously off-duty and was simply a motorist, saw a vehicle on Highway 81 and said he was concerned he was following an impaired driver.

The captain told dispatch the vehicle crossed the center line several times, went onto the shoulder and drove into oncoming traffic causing another vehicle to swerve over to avoid a collision. It was also reported that the captain’s passenger was able to take cell phone video of the situation.

The captain continued to follow the alleged impaired driver.

Deputies found both vehicles on N. Division Ave., and it is alleged the deputy saw the vehicle drive down the center of the roadway. The deputy activated his overhead emergency lights and followed the vehicle until it was parked behind a residence.

Crowdell was identified as the driver and deputies say in the affidavit she was confused, had slurred speech and there were alcohol containers on the driver’s floorboard. It is alleged she asked what was happening and “even stated she hadn’t been driving.”

According to court documents, Crowdell refused to submit to testing.

It is alleged that from the video obtained by the captain’s passenger, Crowdell allegedly drove into oncoming traffic in the area of County Road 21 near Benedict on Highway 81.

Court documents indicate both of her prior DUI convictions were in York County.

 

 

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