Woman in Wendy’s drive-thru arrested on DUI charge in Spartanburg


SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A woman is accused of DUI after she allegedly passed out behind the wheel at a stop light and was followed by witnesses to a Wendy’s drive-thru.

According to a Spartanburg Police Department report, the incident happened at the Wendy’s near N. Pine and E. Main streets around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. 

An officer responded to a report of an unresponsive driver stopped in the turn lane.

On the way there, they were told the vehicle they were looking for was being followed by another vehicle and they were now in the Wendy’s parking lot.

Two witnesses said they were stopped behind a vehicle at a red light. When the light turned green, the vehicle didn’t move.

They pulled around the vehicle and noticed the woman in the driver’s seat was passed out, according to the report.

Witnesses knocked on the window multiple times and woke up the woman.

The driver then took off and they followed her to Wendy’s.

An officer found a vehicle matching the description at the drive-thru.

The officer approached the driver, identified as Tess Brown, while she was still in the drive-thru and reportedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from her.

The officer said a Ciroc vodka bottle was in plain view on the passenger side floor.

Brown told the officer she had been drinking and her speech was extremely slurred and slow, according to the report.

The officer arrested Brown for DUI after a field sobriety test.

The officer reported the heavy scent of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Brown if there was anything they needed to be aware of before they searched the vehicle.

The report said she told the officer she had some Xanax pills in the center console.

The officer found residue of marijuana and seven Alprazolam pills in a plastic baggy, according to the report.

Brown told the officer she did not have a prescription for the pills and got them from a friend.

Brown was taken to the detention center where she provided a breath sample of 0.05.

She is charged with DUI < .10 1st offense and Possession of Other Schedule I-V 1st offense, according to the detention center website.

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