NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara woman reportedly accused a city police officer of being "insensitive to a very bad (relationship) break-up'' after he pulled her over early Saturday for speeding. There also were no tires on the passenger side of her heavily damaged, smoking car.
Police said that Carrie J. Andrakulic, 32, of Creekside Parkway was pulled over shortly before 3 a.m. at Hyde Park Boulevard and Porter Road. Andrakulic's 2002 Pontiac was clocked at 45 mph, despite having the tires worn down to the rims on the passenger side. The officer reported that the "entire passenger side (was) in shambles,'' with the rear bumper half off and dragging behind the vehicle, the side mirror hanging and the passenger side skirting missing entirely.
When he asked Andrakulic if she had noticed anything wrong with the car, she replied that she knew she had a flattened rear tire. Andrakulic provided an expired 2006 driver's license and said that she possessed a conditional driver's license to drive to and from work and doctor's appointments, according to the arrest report. A license check revealed that her driver's license was suspended pending completion of a blood-alcohol count from a previous drunken driving arrest, according to the report.
Andrakulic reportedly said she was driving home from her now ex-boyfriend's home. When the officer said he believed she was operating under the influence of alcohol, she reportedly accused him of insensitivity to her plight, saying she was "emotionally distraught.'' She failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.
Andrakulic was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and unlicensed operation, plus being cited for an equipment violation for the tires and operating in violation of a conditional license.