Calli Dretke: Cops Say Drunk Driver Slams into Blood-Alcohol Testing Van, Bringing Serious Charges for Area Hospital Spokesperson

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Calli Dretke: Self-inflicted a huge setback for her promising young life and career.
In a DWI incident that recalled last year's "Why was the helicopter flying so low?" debacle, a 25-year-old Montgomery woman has been jailed after police said she drunkenly rear-ended a police Blood Alcohol Testing Van.

According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, a county sheriff's deputy was attempting to subdue another DWI suspect on Research Road at 2 a.m Sunday. After this suspect tried to kick out one of the cruiser's rear windows, the officer called for backup, and the BAT Van was the first to arrive, followed minutes later by a second police car.

According to the Police Reporter, all three had their emergency lights on and were on the shoulder of Research, but that did not stop 25-year-old Calli Dretke from first slamming into the BAT Van, causing extensive damage, and then clipping both patrol cars.

One of the cops, a deputy named Jones, tried to avoid Dretke's car by jumping atop his unit, but he didn't quite make it out of the way. His leg was broken, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Which might be more than can be said for Dretke's reputation, which will take some time to rebuild. Up until this incident, her life appeared to have been flawless. No criminal record, a cutesy Pinterest page, a wedding to a Houston firefighter.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she is the director of marketing and community relations at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.

Taking out a good chunk of a DWI task force and drunkenly causing cops to become hospital patients does not seem like something Dretke's bosses would be willing to simply shrug off as youthful indiscretions, if the allegations are proven correct.

But this could have been so much worse for all involved, so at least she has something to be thankful for, even as she has been charged with felony intoxication assault of a police officer. She spent yesterday in Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.


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saraliz8500
saraliz8500

I'm surprised at how cruel some of yall can be.....I dont agree with breaking the law by no means, but everyone has made mistakes...some larger than others but mistakes nonetheless. This girl has a family and loved ones, I'm sure they would be really upset to have to read some of these comments after already dealing with an upsetting situation.  I pray for all involved in this situation and hope many of us learn from it.  And her appearance have absolutely nothing to do with this!

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

The innocent until proven guilty comment are wearing a little thin in my mind. This is not a court of law. It's a court of public opinion and we're all allowed to have whatever opinion we choose to have. Period. End of sentence.

Pete
Pete

She could have saved everyone some time by crashing into the county jail...

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

Why is everyone being so precautious here?  The womaon clearly slammed into them, intoxicated or not.  It isn't like she was taking a leisurely drive home and the cops suddenly jumped out into the road after decloaking.

Guest
Guest

I always get a kick out of peoples comments on these stories. Maybe instead of passing judgement on this poor girl you should be thankful no one was killed or permanently injured. I work as a public servant and see many close calls when I'm on accident scenes. Also it amazes me that the public likes to pretend that they have never had a couple beers and drove home.

guest22
guest22

I just feel you should be innocent until proven guilty... It is irresponsible to fall asleep at the wheel, as other less forward articles have mentioned as a possibility, and if thats the case these de-grating comments should not be necessary. 

Michael D
Michael D

Cops "say" a lot of things.  Maybe there were extenuating circumstances unreported.  Anyway it's really hard to jump to a conclusion without all the actual facts and not simply hearsay.  Remember, innocent until proven guilty.

David Houston
David Houston

"the BAT Van was the first to arrive..." Holy DWI, Batman!

Mansgame
Mansgame

We can joke about it now because nobody died, but had the driver not been a pretty blonde girl and had a remotely sounding foreign name, all kinds of people would be jumping on the anti-immigrant bandwagon calling to "deport them all!".   Think I'm kidding?  Remember a couple of years ago when a drunk police rammed into a truck and the truck driver was arrested and they were digging into his immigration record?  

guest22
guest22

She passed her field sobriety test and it has not been proven that she was intoxicated.

Dartfrog37
Dartfrog37

1. If she's been charged with dwi she probably was intoxicated lol thats a given. 2. She's your average plain jane. By all means not a pretty girl just not ugly.3. Hope she looses her job she's an embarresment to her husband and her employer hope she looses her job.4. Hope she does jail time, were not stupid these days we all know dwi kills innocent people everyday. Luckily noone died. She's a lucky woman not to kill others or even herself. Im a huge supporter of our military beings my ex is in the military and does have a purple heart but i think we need to leave the wars overseas take our tax paying dollars build more jails to put people like her away so that our roads will be safer for our children.

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

I have never had A beer and drove home. I have a conscience and I know I wouldn't be able to live with myself if an accident happened and someone was hurt or killed (whether it was because I had been drinking or not, I know that if I had been drinking I would always question whether or not that beer had made a difference in how well I drove)

Guest
Guest

Guest22You are right about all the knuckle heard comments made. You say "Innocent until proven GUILTY".  You MUST admit that this DUI driver DIFFINITELY flunked her sobriety test.It is miracle that NO LIVES were lost-including her's. If I was judge. My specialty is to hear DUI/DWI case,s and they would forever REGRET coming before me as a defendant.

Don't mess w/Texas!!

Wewez
Wewez

As a truck driver myself I can tell you. It doesn't matter if the other person is drunk or high. if there is an accident the trucker is at fault until proven otherwise. And if his log book had been off at all within the last 7 days or so, then the way the law is written that truck should not have been there to get hit in the first place, thus the trucks at fault. It hard to say. I'm not so naive to think the police won't try and look after their own. And I don't know the details of the case your refering to. However I do know any wreck involving a big rig is dealt with differently than a car. Just something to keep in mind.

David Houston
David Houston

Hmm, the police ought to check into EVERYONE'S records at the time of an accident.  Surely you accept that's a pretty accepted and standard practice to know what and who they are dealing with.  An illegal with no 'records' SHOULDN'T expect to have any more rights than a legal US Citizen or Permanent Resident, and shouldn't expect to be treated any differently.  The Bill of Rights at least guarantees and extends this fair and equal protection to everyone, however you/I/he/she got here.

just saying
just saying

Um, she's pretty much the furthest you can get from being pretty...pretty homely.  Besides, if you're here illegally and commit a crime, you should be deported.  How does that not make any sense?

MadMac
MadMac

Gee, Calli, that changes everything.

Craigley
Craigley

Then she REALLY deserves to be punished.  Morons like this kill people every day.

Guest
Guest

Dartfrog37- I will respond to your rediculous message in parts. 1. I am actually a paramedic for a county 911 service that has a college population of 28000 plus and several major roadways/ highways. I deal w/ many accident scenes from both people that are sober and under the influence. 2. These types of incidents do anger me especially when alcohol is involved. It also saddens me that these people make mistakes that will have a major impact on their future. 3. My uncle is a teacher..... Does that make me an expert on the educational system, I think not. Being a badge bunny ( a female who likes men in public service) does not give you the same knowledge of what a public servant's duties are. 4. If your family members can't have compassion for the public they serve then perhaps THEY should look for another line of work. It is not my job to judge those I serve. 5. I don't drink, ever so there's no basis for your argument. 6. In response to your final comment... It is incredibly disrespectful and rediculous to compare me to a pedophile. I love what I do and that statement shows how ignorant you are. In the future if your going to respond to others opinions think about what your saying first. Just remember this... It is better to keep your mouth shut and let others think you are a fool, then to open it and remove all doubt.

amg123
amg123

If you are going to judge other people and wish for terrible things to happen to them, at least do so with proper grammar. "Looses" isn't even a word, but you have managed to use it twice in one mean-spirited comment. And that is just the beginning. This simply makes you look like a fool. So, for your own sake, try proof-reading!

Dartfrog37
Dartfrog37

As for "guest" comment. I in no way believe your a public servant. If you were you would see were all glad noone was killed. But pissed she risked so many lives. And not everyone is dumb enough to dwi...another thing my ex husband and cousin are fire fighters who respond to these calls my boyfriend is a cop my uncle and two cousins are cops and my uncle in law is a judge. And i can tell you their all sick of the stupidity their all sick of idiots like you getting behind the wheel and killing and hurting our kids. If your ok with getting behind the wheel after drinking a few beers or even a beer you should quit your job. To me its like a pedophile teaching grade school students the two dont go hand in hand.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 You should also never ever drive when you're tired, then. It's worse than driving buzzed. Though probably not as bad as driving smashed. Either way, you ever drive tired? If so, see you in hell.

MadMac
MadMac

Ya vol, mein capitan. Now, may we seez yor paperz?

David Houston
David Houston

I think she's kinda cute, a bit of war-paint, some bling, a cocktail dress, three or four beers and you might change your mind...

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

I'm speaking to legalities here. If your BAC is above the .08 limit (which depending on the person CAN happen with just one beer) it's illegal to drive. Tolerence is not considered when addressing the courts or when coming up against the cops. Period. End of sentence.

Wyatt
Wyatt

When I say "also," I mean "in addition to," so in this case, I'm talking about something beyond BAC, which you previously mentioned. (Period. End of Sentence.) Namely, tolerance and experience with alcohol. (Period. End of Sentence.)

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

Of course it depends on the person. The BAC depends on the person. Body weight, metabolism, their food intake before or while they're drinking, it all affects your BAC.

Wyatt
Wyatt

"If your ok with getting behind the wheel after drinking a few beers **or even a beer** you should quit your job."

It also depends on the person.

Guest
Guest

Also if your so "sick" of drunk drivers maybe you should take some action. I participate in numerous educational programs for the public. Shattered dreams is a great program for highschool teens. Instead of sitting on your butt criticizing others, why don't you do something about it??? Just a thought.

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

He (she? Damn these unisex type names!) said a few beers... It all depends on the BAC.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 Getting behind the wheel after drinking a beer is legal. You know that, right? Jesus.

dwinner
dwinner

You are freaking crazy if you had to wait until you were 25 to drive. Chill out

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

I'm 31. I'm not a superhuman. But, no, I've never driven tired. Maybe it's because I waited until I was 25 and an actual adult both in mind and in body before I got my license, IDK, but whatever the reason I know when I get behind the wheel, I'm operating a one ton weapon and I proceed with caution. A person would try to operate a table saw while drunk or tired unless their willing to lose a finger and I kinda approach it with that thought in mind. Call bullshit on it all you want, I know the truth and that's what counts for me, It's actually quite simple, if you're tired wait until later to drive. Take a nap first. Plan ahead and leave before you're to tired to drive, whatever. I think what you're trying to do is absolve yourself from any wrong doing because you know you've gotten behind the wheel and potentially endangered the lives of others, without thought or conscience. You wanna try to pull yourself up by pulling everyone down to your level and if that works for you in your mind, go ahead. I don't have to see your face when I look in the mirror, I see mine.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 You have never driven tired? How old are you? Are you some kind of superhuman? Also, bullshit.

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

Actually, that's another one I can happily claim to avoid and be 100 percent honest while doing so. It's like I said before, I know that if I ever were to get into a fatal accident, I would end up questioning what I could have done differently. Because I know this about myself, I'm not going to get behind the wheel and do anything that could potentially harm me or someone else. When I'm driving I wanna know that if anything goes wrong, I can say without guilt that it could not have been avoided.

David Houston
David Houston

Sure, can we see yours?  If you are pulled over and don't have simple things like a driving license and insurance what do you expect from the police?  The rest of us have to show those things as routine.  The guy clearly had no case to answer, was not only here illegally but was driving his car/truck illegally.  I don't make the laws, but I tend to obey them and likewise expect others to abide by the same.

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