Aspen woman convicted of fifth DUI arrested for driving |

Aspen woman convicted of fifth DUI arrested for driving

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Karen M. Sahr

An Aspen woman was arrested Friday afternoon and accused of operating a motor vehicle despite the fact that her driver’s license was revoked following a drunken-driving accident 11 months ago in which she rear-ended a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

Karen M. Sahr, 57, was pulled over Friday at around 3 p.m. by Aspen policeman Rick Magnuson on Highway 82 near the Aspen Business Center. She was transported to the Pitkin County Jail and released from custody less than two hours later after posting $1,000 bond.

The arrest occurred one week before Sahr was scheduled to report to the Pitkin County Jail to serve a 90-day sentence for her fifth DUI conviction. The sentence, set by Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely on Jan. 27, also includes 36 months of supervised probation, 50 hours of public service and 86 hours of drunken-driving therapy.

Sahr was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under restraint, a misdemeanor. Court records related to the incident do not contain a detailed narrative, simply stating, “Observed Sahr driving, stopped, confirmed revocation and arrested.” She was not accused of possessing or consuming alcohol.

Sahr’s last DUI arrest occurred nearly one year ago, on March 10, when the car she was driving rammed into the back of a Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of Highway 82 near Wildcat Ranch.

Deputy Erin Smiddy, who was sitting in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident, was not seriously injured. Sahr tested at a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 soon after the crash, according to court records.

It was unclear Monday how the Friday arrest will affect Sahr’s jail sentence and probation. The Aspen police summons orders her to appear in Pitkin County Court on April 7. An arrest that occurs following a conviction and prior to the end of a probationary period can lead to harsher penalties.

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