Two-car crash yields 3 DUI busts
At 2:41 a.m. Sunday, Janesville Police Officer Steven Carpenter was the first on the scene of an accident at South Atwood Avenue and East Court Street.
As he approached the crash site near the Rock County Courthouse, Carpenter saw a red Ford Explorer drive out of the intersection and stop on South Atwood Avenue, according to police reports.
When the driver—Chad R. Bruss, 29, of 2103 Green Valley Drive, Janesville—exited the car, he "appeared unsteady on his feet," the report said.
But officers later determined that Bruss was not driving when the accident happened.
Investigation showed that Nolene Perunal, 27, Chicago, had been driving the Ford Explorer eastbound on East Court Street when she attempted to turn left onto South Atwood Avenue. When she tried to turn left, she collided with a car in the adjoining lane driven by Cassandra L. Howe, 26, of 916 Somerset Drive, Janesville, according to police reports.
Perunal told police she was not familiar with the area, and a passenger told her to turn left on South Atwood Avenue at the last minute.
Field sobriety tests resulted in drunken-driving tickets for Bruss, Perunal and Howe.