Woman charged with DUI after driving on railroad tracks near Winthrop

A Rock Hill woman was charged with DUI after an officer saw her driving her car on railroad tracks next to Winthrop University, campus police said.

An officer saw a gray Honda Accord on Stewart Avenue near an apartment building and turn left onto the railroad tracks, according to a report released Monday from the Winthrop University Police Department. The car accelerated down the tracks “as if it wasn’t going to stop,” the report states.

As the officer got into his patrol car, he saw the Honda back off the railroad tracks and onto Stewart Avenue again, police said. The car continued onto Winthrop’s campus at Ebenezer Avenue, where the officer conducted a traffic stop.

The 22-year-old driver, who smelled of alcohol, told the officer she was coming from the St. Patrick’s Day festival in downtown Rock Hill and was “unfamiliar with the road.” She handed the officer her registration and insurance card and said, “there’s my ID.”

The woman failed multiple field sobriety tests and was charged with DUI. A Breathalyzer test indicated she had a .17 percent blood-alcohol content, according to the report.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala