Soldotna woman arrested for texting, drunk driving

A Soldotna woman was both texting and drunk driving when she hit a construction vehicle and injured the driver early Sunday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers say Kara Kellerby, 29, was driving a 2006 Jeep Commander south on the Kenai Spur Highway in a construction zone near Mile 2 of the highway when she struck a Ford work truck with an attached trailer parked in the outside southbound lane. The trailer had a lighted sign alerting drivers to move to the inside lane, a trooper dispatch states.

The Jeep hit the trailer and the rear of the truck. The report states construction worker Angela O’Brien, who was in the Ford, was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for minor injuries.

The Bureau of Highway Patrol responded to the crash report at 2:51 a.m., according to the dispatch.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said Kellerby had more than double the legal alcohol limit for driving a vehicle in her system when the crash occurred.

Kellerby was arraigned in District Court at Kenai Courthouse Monday on charges of felony third degree assault and two misdemeanor charges, driving under the influence and texting while driving, according to the state court database.

She is being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail. Kellerby’s next court date is Wednesday.

— Staff report

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