Police: Bend woman arrested on drunk driving charges after hit-and-run

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A Bend woman was arrested on drunk driving charges Tuesday night after police say she rear-ended a vehicle and drove away from the scene – driving against traffic.

Sgt. Wes Murphy said the incident started just after 6 p.m. when multiple people called to report that a vehicle had rear-ended another vehicle near the intersection of S. Highway 97 and Badger Road.

Witnesses said the driver, later identified as 56-year-old Denise Lovejoy, was possibly drunk.

She left the area before officers could arrive and a witness said Lovejoy drove off in the wrong lane of travel.

An officer responding to the crash saw a vehicle in front of him heading in the wrong direction; the officer turned to follow it but it failed to pull over for about a third of a mile.

The officer then arrested Lovejoy, citing her for DUII, felony failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless endangering and other charges.

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