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WESTERLY — A Norwich woman is facing charges after police said she was more than three times the legal blood alcohol limit when she was involved in a hit-and-run crash along Atlantic Avenue on Saturday evening.

Westerly police charged the woman, 39-year-old Morgan Ann Steele, with driving under the influence, failure to stop at a crash resulting in damage to property and driving when license is suspended or denied. She was later released and is due in Fourth Division District Court for formal arraignment later this month.

According to court records, the crash also led police to issue infractions for driving a car without insurance and following too close. Those infractions will be heard before the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

Westerly Police Capt. Steven Johnson said police were notified around 5:20 p.m. Saturday of a hit-and-run incident along Atlantic Avenue According to the police, Steele was driving west when she rear-ended a car that had stopped in an effort to make a left turn into the Misquamicut State Beach parking lot.

The damage from the crash was minor, Johnson said, and no injuries were reported.

The police said Steele fled the scene following the crash, but the second car was able to provide officers with registration information for the car and Steele was located near the intersection of Winnapaug Road and Airport Road a short time later.

Steele showed signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test before being taken into custody. At the Westerly Police Department, she consented to a breathalyzer test, which returned readings of .265 and .278 in separate phases.

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