A Billings woman accused of calling police and saying she was "just too damn drunk" to get out of her vehicle was charged Wednesday with her fourth drunken-driving offense.

Carol Frances Omeara, 55, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on a felony DUI charge.

Judge Larry Herman set bond at $3,000 after a prosecutor said Omeara has three prior DUI convictions in California.

Omeara was arrested Tuesday at about 10:40 p.m. after a police dispatcher received a call from a woman who said she could not get out of her vehicle, which was parked outside her residence on South 29th Street.

"When asked if she was having a medical or mechanical issue, the caller said, `No, I'm just too damn drunk,'" court records state.

An officer said he found Omeara inside the vehicle, which was parked about two feet from the curb. The woman reportedly told the officer she had been at a Billings bar for about five hours, had driven home but had been sitting in her car in front of her home for about four hours.

Prosecutors said Omeara told the officer she had consumed a pint of vodka. The keys to the vehicle were in her pocket, court records state.

Omeara agreed to provide a breath sample, and the result of the preliminary test showed she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.311 percent, nearly four times the state legal limit of 0.08. 



State courts reporter for the Billings Gazette.