Crash with kids in car leads to intox assault charge

AUSTIN - A woman is facing a felony charge of intoxication assault after she allegedly drove while drunk and crashed her car near the 130 overpass on Harold Green early Sunday morning.

According to the Department of Public Safety, troopers responded to the crash around 2 a.m. Sunday and found a 2013 Hyundai Sonata with major front end damage facing the wrong way on the shoulder of Harold Green. Four people, including the driver and two children, were inside the car at the time of the crash.

According to DPS, the driver, Israel Nicole Stovall, 33, said she was cut off by a driver while driving south in the left lane of 130 and she swerved to the left and drove on the median. Stovall said she couldn’t get back on the roadway and that’s when she drove down onto Harold Green, DPS said.

According to the arrest warrant, DPS said the car landed on its front end as it drove off the road and then continued to roll a short distance before ending upright and facing south on the north shoulder of Harold Green.

According to DPS, an EMS worker told troopers when they arrived they saw the driver allegedly throw a glass object into the grass which was never found. When troopers talked to Stovall, she allegedly had a smell of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were “bloodshot, watery, and glassy.”

DPS said Stovall told them that she had been downtown before spending time at “Midtown” and then picked up her children from her mother.

DPS said the boy in the car suffered some broken ribs, an injury to his shoulder and elbow. The girl in the car suffered a broken thigh bone and some internal injuries. Stovall’s injuries and those of the passenger in the front seat were not specified.

Troopers said when they checked Stovall’s blood, her blood alcohol content was .21 and she tested positive for THC. She is facing a felony charge of intoxication assault when arrested.


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