Huntsville police arrested a woman early Tuesday who they say hit an officer’s patrol vehicle while she was driving under the influence.
Kristyn Lynn Brisson, 32, of Huntsville is charged with driving under the influence-alcohol, improper turn, and crossing median-improper use of the divided highway.
About 1:56 a.m. Tuesday, the officer was waiting at a red light so he could turn from Jordan Lane onto University Drive.
Brisson was driving eastbound on University approaching Jordan, said Lt. Michael Johnson, police spokesman.
Johnson said Brisson took a turn onto Jordan too wide, running over a median and knocking down two large metal crosswalk signals. She then crossed the concrete divider into the northbound lane and struck the officer’s vehicle.
Brisson was highly intoxicated, Johnson said.
"Why would you even risk somebody else's life like that? That makes me mad," Sydney Meade, who drives through that same intersection daily, said.
Police say they gave Brisson a breathalyzer test, but the results won't be released because of the pending court case. Johnson says there were no injuries in the crash. Brisson is being held in the Madison County Jail without bond. She also faces traffic violations for making an improper turn and crossing a median.
Meade knows what happened that morning could happen to anyone.
"That can happen to me but I try to observe my surroundings and see if I can get out of it," Meade said.