Convicted of drunken crash that killed deputy’s wife, woman again arrested for DWI


Elizabeth Renee Jacobson

A woman convicted a decade ago for a fatal drunk driving crash was arrested for alleged drunk driving June 18 after leading deputies on a short chase.

Elizabeth Renee Jacobson, a 34-year-old from Brooklyn Park, was allegedly seen slumped over her steering wheel at a Shoreview gas station before driving off; police eventually forced her car to a stop on Interstate 35E in White Bear Township.

She was charged June 20 in Ramsey County District Court with felony DWI and fleeing police in a motor vehicle. The maximum penalty for felony driving while intoxicated is seven years, a $14,000 fine or both.

According to court records, Jacobson pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2009 of criminal vehicular homicide, for which she served five years in prison.

In April of 2008, Jacobson was driving the wrong way on Highway 10 and struck a Ramsey County Sheriff’s squad car head on, breaking the arm of the deputy driving the vehicle and killing its passenger, the deputy’s wife, according to court documents. Jacobson’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was .19.

Jacobson’s first appearance in court was June 20. As of press time her next appearance had yet to be scheduled.

Court documents say deputies responded to a report of a woman slumped over her wheel at the Freedom Valu Center gas station in the 5900 block of Hodgson Road around 2:30 p.m. June 18. The woman who called in the driver said the she woke up and began driving erratically down County Road J, nearly hitting several mail boxes.

A deputy tracked down the car in question as it turned from southbound Centerville Road to eastbound County Road J in White Bear, roughly 3.5 miles from the gas station, court documents say. The deputy had already turned on the squad car’s lights and sirens and the driver slowed almost to a stop, but then continued eastbound on the county road toward an I-35E entrance ramp.

The car continued onto southbound I-35E and another deputy in a squad joined the pursuit with lights and siren on. Court documents say about three quarters of a mile from where the car got on the highway a deputy hit the fleeing car with a squad car, causing it to spin 90 degrees, hit a guard rail and stop.

As deputies approached the car, the driver allegedly ignored commands to get out of the vehicle. A deputy used a baton to break the driver’s side window to remove the driver, ID’d as Jacobson. She allegedly appeared unable to walk and dropped herself to a sitting position on the ground, court documents say.

She allegedly spoke slowly and denied alcohol or drug use, though did admit to taking an antidepressant, Effexor, which should not be taken with alcohol, court documents say.

Taken to a patrol station, Jacobson allegedly refused a preliminary breath test. With a warrant for a blood test, she was taken to Regions Hospital where she eventually consented to a breath test. Roughly six hours after the initial report of a driver slumped over the wheel Jacobson allegedly registered a .204 blood alcohol concentration. The legal limit is .08.

Police located a bottle of the antidepressant in Jacobson’s purse. They also allegedly found an empty mini bottle of vodka in the driver’s side door panel of her car, court documents say.

At the time of her arrest on June 18, Jacobson was wanted on an Anoka County warrant for first-degree DWI issued that same day.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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