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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Prague woman arrested after DUI rampage, crash at local bar

  • A Prague woman wearing nothing but underwear and a top was arrested on aggravated driving under the influence complaints after driving a Lincoln Navigator erratically and causing damage when the vehicle crashed into railings and a truck at a local bar and hotel.
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  • A Prague woman wearing nothing but underwear and a top was arrested on aggravated driving under the influence complaints after driving a Lincoln Navigator erratically and causing damage when the vehicle crashed into railings and a truck at a local bar and hotel.
    Stephanie Koren O'Neil, 26, was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center overnight on complaints involving aggravated DUI and a DUI accident. Formal charges have not been filed.
    Shawnee police responded about 2:17 a.m. Thursday to City Lights, 4900 N. Harrison, on reports of a large fight in the parking lot.
    Prior to Shawnee Police Cpl. Kimberly Dibble arriving at the scene, Officers Andrew Terry and Casey Vague were already there and asked her to stop the SUV that was leaving the parking lot.
    The dark colored SUV, with no headlights, was southbound in the northbound lanes and then stopped on the median, the report shows, with Cpl. Dibble noticing the SUV had severe body damage, with panels from the vehicle missing.
    "I attempted to get behind the vehicle and as I did, the female driver accelerated forward suddenly, nearly striking my patrol unit," the report shows, before the driver turned back north on Harrison and stopped in the middle of the lanes.
    Dibble, feeling a pursuit was imminent, turned around and noticed the driver began screaming, yelling and waiving her hands violently out the window yelling, "You need to help him," according to the report.
    Officer Terry arrived as Cpl. Dibble was in the median and yelled for the driver to stop but she began to move forward again.
    "She then punched the accelerator, crossing all four lanes and shot up the south most entrance of the America's Best Value Inn, almost striking Officer Vague's unit," the report shows.
    Believing the driver was attempting to evade police, Cpl. Dibble headed north into the parking lock to block the SUV, while Officer Terry followed the driver.
    The report shows the driver, later identified as O'Neil, then drove straight toward the glass window of City Lights. The vehicle was stopped when she ran up the curb, which avoided a strike with the window, the report reads.
    "The driver exited the vehicle wearing only her underwear and a spaghetti strap tank and bra, screaming unintelligibly as she got out," the report shows.
    Officers put the driver on the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed her without incident.
    She was placed in Dibble's patrol car and began screaming and yelling loudly as she kicked the divider and windows. When Dibble rolled down the back window, "I instantly smelled the overwhelming odor of alcohol," the report shows.
    The woman's fiancé identified O'Neil and told police they had been in City Lights when they were approached by a guy who "stated he knew what they were in to and he was too if they wanted to get together," the report shows.
    Page 2 of 2 - The fiancé turned down that offer and said that when he and O'Neil left the bar later, there was an altercation between a man and a woman in a car and O'Neil. The fiancé told police he tried to hold O'Neil against a truck to quell the fight but she got away and got into his Lincoln Navigator.
    After that, he tried to go inside to call police but O'Neil drove across the street to a convenience store but then came back and ran into the handicap ramp in front of the America's Best Value Inn, tearing up all the railings after driving on a sidewalk, according to the report.
    She then drove through an alcove area, circled around and struck the railings a second time, and then put the Navigator in reverse and hit a Ford pickup that was parked, the report shows
    O'Neil then allegedly drove through the alcove area again and headed out onto Harrison street, where police made initial contact with her and the vehicle. The police report shows the Lincoln Navigator was totaled as a result of the incidents.
    A 35-year-old woman reported she was on the sidewalk when O'Neil's vehicle came through the area but she didn't know if the vehicle hit her or not but that she wake up after being unconscious. That woman was taken to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital to be checked, the report shows.
    Shawnee police reported that O'Neil agreed to take the state's Intoxilyzer test, which revealed she blew a 0.15 breath alcohol concentration on each test. The legal limit is .08.
    She was transported to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center and booked into jail on the complaints, where she remained jailed Thursday on a $5,000 bond.
    Case reports will be turned over to the district attorney's office for consideration of any formal charges. Jail and other records list the spelling of the suspect's last name as O'Neil, while the police report lists the spelling of her last name as O'Neal.
    Watch for updates.

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