A Mankato woman is facing two counts of drunk driving and a reckless driving charge after police say she flagged down an officer in an apparent case of mistaken identity.
Mankato Police say a Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Lieutenant was cruising slowly through the city, looking for a vehicle involved in an unrelated case, when a car driven by 36-year-old Shannon Virkus sped up behind his squad, stopped, and began honking the horn.
The lieutenant got out of his car, believing Virkus needed help, and says she then squealed the tires and sped off. At one point the criminal complaint says she was traveling more than 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone.
While the officer tried to catch up with the car, the lieutenant says Virkus hit a trailer holding a boat, which pushed it into a nearby driveway, causing the trailer to hit a lawnmower and the boat’s motor to fly into an oncoming car.
Wersal apparently told the lieutenant, “I thought you were somebody else.”
Although Virkus claimed she had just two beers before driving, documents show she failed field sobriety tests and blew a .211 on a portable breath test. A standard test at the jail registered .16.
Court records show Virkus has a prior DWI conviction from 2011.