Minot woman accused of crashing into liquor store, fleeing scene

MINOT, N.D. – A Minot woman is in custody on accusations she left the scene of an accident after crashing into the front of a Minot liquor store Tuesday night while under the influence of alcohol, injuring a clerk, and later lying to investigators about the incident.

Mariah Brien, 22, faces A-misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury, and false reports to law enforcement or other security officials.

According to criminal affidavits filed with the court, police responded to the Landing Bar and Bottle Shop shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a vehicle that crashed into the building. Officers noted significant damage to the front of the building and bottles knocked over inside.

Several eyewitnesses in the liquor store provided information to police regarding Brien as well as the description of the vehicle.

The clerk suffered minor injuries from items falling on him as well as his attempt to dive out of the way as the car hit the store.

Another officer tracked down Brien at a Minot residence. The officer reported overhearing Brien make a phone call stating that the authorities would not know she was the driver in the crash. The officer reported that Brien later told him her friend was driving the car, rather than her, during her interview.

The officer also noted that Brien smelled of alcohol and could not keep her balance during the arrest. The officer administered a visual test but Brien refused to submit to a chemical test.

Brien pleaded guilty to a citation for driving under the influence, first offense, and the judge ordered her to submit to a chemical dependency test and participate in a victim impact panel.

She will appear on the A-misdemeanor charges April 4.