Farmington Woman Arrested After Hitting Mailboxes, Bridge, Car

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A Farmington woman faces three felony charges after Washington County Sheriff deputies said she took off on a wild ride in a truck with a flat tire and a disabled passenger.

Minda Totten, 35, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center early Saturday morning and has a bond amount of $5,000, according to the Sheriff's Department website. Totten faces felony charges of aggravated assault, first-degree false imprisonment and first-degree criminal mischief, along with misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of a property accident, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

A probable cause affidavit said deputies were called about a hit-and-run accident in which a pickup truck had struck a mailbox and left the scene on Rheas Community Road in Lincoln on Friday evening. The report said when deputies responded, they continued to receive calls about a pickup truck driving erratically on the road with a flat tire.

Deputies were alerted that the truck had wrecked into a guardrail and bridge on Bethel Blacktop Road near the intersection of Pearson Ranch Road, the report said. Deputies said they smelled intoxicants on the driver, identified as Totten, and her pupils were dilated severely, the report said.

The report said Totten failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The passenger was a 35-year-old disabled man who had to be assisted from the truck by deputies, the report said.

The report said the truck had sustained a flat tire earlier and when the driver got out to fix the flat, Totten got behind the wheel and took off. Deputies said the flat tire gouged the road during the six miles Totten drove the truck, and there were gouges in the other lane as well as off of the road, the report said.

Totten hit another car and several mailboxes before wrecking into the bridge, the report said. A road department employee told deputies the damage to the guardrail and bridge was several thousand dollars, the report said.

The disabled passenger told deputies he asked Totten to stop driving several times but she refused, the report said. The man sustained a cut lip in the collision with the bridge, the report said.