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Woman charged with drunk driving blames accident on a skunk

A North Tonawanda woman was charged with drunk driving after her 2018 Dodge SUV veered off the Twin City Highway early Saturday morning and crashed into a metal light pole that landed 60 feet away — knocking down three mile markers and two street signs in the process, City of Tonawanda police said.

Natasha M. Colbert, 35, of Second Avenue, told officers she hit the pole to "avoid hitting a skunk," police said. She was not injured.

Colbert was driving northbound on Twin City Highway at about 5 a.m., when her SUV veered off the road at the intersection of Young Street, police said. After hitting the pole, the vehicle skidded across three lanes of traffic, coming to a rest in the southbound lane facing north, police said.

Police said Colbert had a blood alcohol content of .11. A person is considered legally drunk if their blood alcohol content is .08 or higher.

Police also reported finding a bottle of vodka and a plastic cup with ice in Colbert's vehicle. The car was extensively damaged, police said.

Colbert was charged with drunk driving, violating the open container law, and five vehicle and traffic charges.

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