A 19-year-old woman accused of crashing into a street sweeper while driving drunk was charged Monday in Justice Court.
Alisha Lee Castro appeared before Judge Larry Herman by video from the county jail on a felony criminal endangerment charge and misdemeanor counts of DUI and driving without insurance. Herman set bond at $7,500 and ordered Castro to appear in District Court for arraignment on Nov. 5.
Prosecutors said Castro was driving a Ford Taurus at about 5:50 a.m. Saturday when the car rammed into the rear of a street sweeper on 19th Street West. The car continued and hit a Ford F250 stopped at a light.
All three vehicles sustained extensive damage, and four people in the three vehicles suffered minor injuries.
Two female passengers in the car told officers the women had attended two parties the previous evening and Castro was driving because they could not find a ride home. Both women smelled of alcohol, court records state.
An officer spoke with Castro while she was being treated at a Billings hospital. She agreed to provide a blood sample to be tested at the state crime lab. Castro was arrested after she was released from the hospital.