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Cops May Have Let Drunk Columbus Driver Get Behind the Wheel

COLUMBUS (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- Investigators are trying to determine if a woman who crashed into a motorcycle was allowed by police officers to drive while drunk.

Officers were dispatched to a Columbus apartment on June 14 to respond to a request from a woman that her drunk roommate be removed from the home.

The responding officers allegedly helped the roommate load her belongings into her car, and proceeded to follow her vehicle on the road.

Minutes after the woman left the residence, she crashed into a motorcycle operated by William Stanley.

Stanley, 43, remains in a Columbus hospital in serious condition.

Jon Brown was riding near Stanley on the night of the crash, and said the driver of the car that struck his friend smelled of alcohol and behaved abrasively.

"She kept screaming about her car," Brown said. "I said, 'You hit my brother. Why'd you pull out like that.'"

Brown believes the police officers following the driver knew she had been drinking before allowing her to climb behind the wheel of her car.

"If I smelled alcohol, you know they did," he said. "They helped her move her stuff out of the crib. They followed her. Why wouldn't you just take her to sober up for a little bit?"

Investigators are waiting on the results of a blood alcohol test before deciding if they will file charges against the driver who struck Stanley.

The officers who allegedly allowed the woman to drive while drunk have not been charged with any crimes.
 
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