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La Crosse woman faces 3rd OWI charge in hit-and-run crash

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A La Crosse driver is facing her 3rd drunk driving charge, for an alleged hit-and-run crash in the city late Monday night. 

Police say it was literally a hit-and-run, because the driver who struck another car at 16th and Redfield ran from the scene, and said something like “I can’t have another OWI.” 

Officers found the suspect, 37-year-old Meghan Bell, a few blocks away at 20th and Green Bay Streets, and gave her a breath test. 

Bell had a blood alcohol level of .19. 

She has previous drunk driving convictions in St. Croix County from 2016, and Winona County in 2008.    

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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