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Pregnant ND mom pleads guilty to DUI after smashing car into liquor store, injuring clerk

Mariah Hope Brien

MINOT, N.D. -- A 22-year-old Minot woman is accused of driving into the front of a Minot liquor store, injuring the clerk,  on Tuesday night, Jan. 23, while drunk and later lying to the police about the accident.

Mariah Hope Brien is charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, a Class A misdemeanor, and false reports to law enforcement or to other security officials, also a Class A misdemeanor.

Brien made an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Wednesday, where she asked Judge Gary Lee for a lenient bond because she is seven months pregnant, has a high risk pregnancy, and has a 16-month-old daughter at home whom her parents will find it difficult to provide care for because of work demands.

Lee set bond at $1,500 cash or corporate surety and set a pretrial conference date for April 4.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Brien drove her boyfriend's white 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra into the front of the building on North Broadway at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday. A 23-year-old clerk  was working behind the counter at the time of the crash. Items on the shelves fell on him and he jumped forward to get out of the way. He sustained cuts and scrapes from the items that fell on him. The glass windows and doors at the front of the building were shattered and the metal frames of the doors were pushed inward.

Police later located Brien at an apartment and heard her talk on her phone about the crash outside her door. She later told police that her friend was driving the car, said the court papers.

Police then placed her under arrest for providing false information to an officer and for DUI as well as for leaving the scene of the accident at the Landing Liquor Store. Brien had slurred speech and was stumbling and didn't follow instructions well, police said, and she refused to submit to a chemical test.

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