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Mitchell woman gets DUI after trying to eat hotdog, hitting tree

A Mitchell woman was arrested for drunken driving Saturday after she crashed a car into a tree.

Ashley Hellman, 26, was driving a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix north in the 800 block of North Wisconsin Street when she attempted to eat a hotdog while driving after she had been drinking at the bar all night, said Sgt. Mike Koster. Around 2:15 a.m., she veered off the road and struck a tree. Airbags deployed when the vehicle hit the tree.

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Hellman suffered minor injuries to her thumb, wrist and ankle, but refused medical treatment or transport.

She was arrested for DUI, Koster said.

Mitchell Police Division estimated $50 in damage to the tree, $100 damage to a chainlink fence and $6,000 to the vehicle.

Mitchell Ambulance and police responded to the scene.