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Updated Jan 18, 2014 - 12:09 pm

'Super extreme DUI' charge issued in Tempe hit-and-run

Christy Kupper, 31, was charged with a 'super extreme DUI' by Tempe police for having a blood alcohol level of greater than .20. (Photo: MCSO)

PHOENIX -- Authorities say 31-year-old Christy Kupper caused an accident, damaging two other vehicles, in the intersection of Rural Road and Southern Avenue around 6:20 p.m. Friday in Tempe.

Kupper then allegedly drove her vehicle at a high rate of speed away from the scene and into a Walmart parking lot, located at 800 E. Southern Ave., where she hit a curb and rear-ended a red Mazda. In turn, the Mazda slammed into an occupied truck, while Kupper's vehicle spun into a female pedestrian in the parking lot.

According to police, the pedestrian was taken to the hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

In total, five vehicles were damaged by Kupper's impaired driving.

The woman was arrested and charged with six counts of endangerment, aggravated assault, a hit-and-run and super extreme DUI, Tempe police spokesperson Michael Pooley said in a media release.

According to the state of Arizona, a super extreme DUI qualifies as having a blood alcohol level of greater than .20.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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