DWI Suspect Faces Higher Bond following Breathalyzer Test

The mugshot for Catherine Caldwell has been released by Wichita County Jail. Caldwell, who was previously out on bond for a supposed drunk driving accident that left her passenger severely injured, is now confronted with a higher bond. This follows a breathalyzer test in February indicating she was four times over the legal alcohol limit.

The accident occurred on Sheppard Access Road in the early hours of November 10, 2022, and at the time, Caldwell was found to be three times over the limit. Having been released on a $25,000 bond for intoxicated assault, she was due to enter a plea on April 5, 2024. However, her attorney requested a delay due to another case in a different city.

Prosecutors subsequently filed a request for a bond increase following a 0.32 percent breathalyzer reading on February 23, 2024. Caldwell’s bond conditions had prohibited her from drinking alcohol and required a locking device on her vehicle.

The motion presented in court argued that the accused’s presumed continuous criminal activity implied that the current bond is insufficient, and for the safety of the community, the victim, and to ensure Caldwell’s presence in court, the bond should be revised.

After exceeding the alcohol limit during the 2022 crash resulting in her passenger sustaining severe injuries, Caldwell was charged with intoxicated assault. The passenger’s injuries were so grave that they were admitted to a long-term rehab facility to relearn how to walk. In addition, Caldwell was hit with a charge of resisting arrest.

Regarding the incident, officers reported that Caldwell left a bar on Sheppard Access Road just after 2am on November 10, 2022, and drove in the wrong direction, colliding head-on with a parked truck. Caldwell seemingly avoided any serious injury but the passenger with her in the Nissan sustained multiple fractures in their legs, left knee, and right hip, and has impaired vision in one eye due to injury.

Officers and witnesses described Caldwell as having slurred speech, alcohol on her breath, appearing glassy-eyed, and shaky on her feet. Despite people at the bar trying to dissuade her from driving, she was able to retrieve her keys and leave the premises. When law enforcement attempted to arrest her, she resisted and tried to return to her car. A warrant was obtained for a blood draw after she refused one, and it later indicated her blood alcohol to be 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.

This is still an ongoing case, and any updates will be provided. As a reminder, all individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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