By Shereen Siewert
A Wausau fair-goer with a loaded firearm in her vehicle is facing criminal charges after she crashed her vehicle driving the wrong way on a Hwy. 51 ramp in Wausau, according to police.
Tierra R. West, 22, of Elcho registered a 0.265 blood alcohol concentration after the crash, which was reported on Aug. 7 on Bridge Street at the northbound Hwy. 51 ramp. Charges of second-offense operating while intoxicated and causing injury, along with operating a firearm while intoxicated, were filed this month in Marathon County Circuit Court.
Police say West left the Wisconsin Valley Fair, struck a mailbox as she left her parking space on the street, then drove west on Bridge Street to Hwy. 51 where she turned southbound on the northbound ramp. Her vehicle had extensive damage after crashing into a Department of Transportation power box, according to the police report, which temporarily disabled traffic lights on Bridge Street.
West and a passenger in the vehicle were injured in the crash but their injuries were not serious.
Police recovered a loaded 9mm pistol from the glove box of the vehicle and seized the weapon into evidence. West, who also had a handgun magazine inside her purse, told police she had a concealed carry permit, but permit holders are not allowed to carry a loaded gun while intoxicated.
Carrying any kind of weapon under the influence of an intoxicant is a class A misdemeanor in Wisconsin.
West will be summoned into court and is set to make an initial appearance Nov. 15.