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Woman’s cancer-free diagnosis celebration leads to arrest

A woman who told Oxford police she had been celebrating because a test showed she did not have cancer is now facing several charges.

Glenda Newton, 53, was allegedly driving a vehicle that stuck two others in the area of West Spring and South Locust streets at 1:49 a.m. Oct. 27.

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An officer on patrol was waved down by a man who said his SUV and another car had been struck by another vehicle and he provided the license plate number of the offending vehicle.

The license plate number the victim provided was returned to Newton, and officers responded to her residence.

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Newton allegedly told officers she had been out “having a good time with friends” and had a few mixed drinks at a nearby bar.

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The officer detected an odor of alcohol and asked her to perform field sobriety tests. She performed poorly on the first two and was asked to perform the one-leg stand, at which time she reportedly said, “Oh, come on,” and refused to attempt it, according to a police report.

Newton was placed under arrest and during a search, a small bag of marijuana was found in her purse, according to the report.

At the police department, she agreed to a breathalyzer test but was unable to perform the test on four attempts and was placed under an administrative license suspension.

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The report noted she openly stated several times she was intoxicated and had messed up, explaining she had just received the results of a chest scan that found she did not have cancer. She said she was excited about the news and wanted to celebrate with friends.

She was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated, failure to stop after an accident on public roads and possession of marijuana.

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