Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On October 8, 2023, a Missoula Police Department Officer was dispatched to a report of a two-vehicle crash near the area of Ryman Street and Main Street. When the officer arrived, only one vehicle remained at the scene. It had heavy damage to the driver's side and the front wheel. The officer observed a female exit the driver’s seat who appeared to be under the influence. 

The officer asked the female if she was the driver and owner of this vehicle, and the female stated she was. The officer asked her to grab her driver’s license, registration, and insurance. The female stated her purse was stolen from her vehicle.  

According to court documents, the officer was able to identify the female as 61-year-old Christina Harrison. The officer asked Harrison where she was coming from, and Harrison stated the Union Club. However, Harrison denied drinking, stating she only went to the Union Club to meet a friend.

When confronted with why the officer smelled alcohol and observed a cup from the bar in Harrison’s cup holder, Harrison stated she didn't have a cup from the bar and that it was just a regular cup. The officer observed the cup to be a plastic Bud-Light cup, which are commonly used at local bars. 

The officer asked Harrison if she would participate in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Harrison had difficulty following directions. She exhibited 6/6 indicators of impairment on the HGN but refused to complete the walk and turn and one-leg stand. Harrison then provided a breath sample of 0.148. 

Harrison is currently being charged with felony DUI, which is a fourth or subsequent offense. Court documents indicate Harrison has four prior DUI convictions. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable. 

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