Wrong-way crash driver was nearly twice legal limit

Elinor Margaret Foote
Elinor Margaret Foote (APD)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman faces intoxication assault charges after driving the wrong way on I-35, hitting a KIA, and injuring several people early Thursday morning.

18-year-old Elinor Foote was driving a Ford truck southbound on northbound I-35 around 3 a.m. when she hit a car on the 12600 block of N I-35 service road. Foote crashed into the car head-on, according to the driver of the KIA.

When officers arrived at the scene Foote had to be removed from the vehicle by EMS. She was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Police conducted field sobriety testing on Foote at the hospital while her injuries were treated. The officers noted in the affidavit that a strong smell of alcohol was coming from Foote.

According to the affidavit, Foote admitted to officers that she had one glass of wine, one whiskey mixed drink and approximately two to three shots of tequila. The results of the preliminary breath test showed that Foote had a blood alcohol level of 0.145, which is more almost twice the legal limit.

The driver of the KIA is expected to be okay with non-life threatening injuries. The KIA passenger had more severe injuries and was transported to Round Rock Medical Center.

Foote is being held in Travis County Jail on a $7,500 bond.

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