Pennsylvania Woman Arrested After Allegedly Driving Intoxicated to Pick Up Boyfriend From Police Station Where He Was in Custody on DUI Charges

An intoxicated Pennsylvania woman was arrested last week after driving to a police station to pick up her boyfriend—who was in custody for driving under the influence, officials said in a release posted online Tuesday.

Officers from the Chambersburg Police Department detained Kristen Lee-Ann Robbins, 30, last Thursday on a DUI charge.

"Robbins was found to be intoxicated," officials said in the release. "Officers investigated and found that Robbins had driven to the area and parked her vehicle along Central Avenue before walking to the police station. Robbins was then arrested for DUI."

The Pennsylvania police department did not release the partner's identity, and it was not immediately clear if Robbins was accused of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

There are three levels of DUI in Pennsylvania, according to the state's Department of Transportation. Penalties are determined by blood-alcohol content level and prior offenses. The levels can stretch from general impairment (.08 percent to .099 percent BAC) to highest BAC (.16 percent and higher).

Pennsylvania strengthened its DUI laws in October 2018 after Governor Tom Wolf SB 961. The legislation lengthened the minimum sentences for repeat offenders. Now, a fourth offense is a felony, regardless of BAC, according to McKenzie Law Firm P.C.

"If you are facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, you are staring down some of the most severe consequences the state has ever imposed," the law firm explains in an online fact sheet.

Under the new law, a suspect who has a DUI conviction and is convicted of "vehicular homicide" under the influence now faces a minimum of five years in prison. In addition, a third offense for driving with a suspended license can result in a $2,500 fine and up to six months in prison.

According to the Pennsylvania Parents Against Impaired Driving, a grassroots campaigning group, roughly 40 percent of all DUI fatalities in the state are caused by repeat DUI offenders.

The organization states that between 50 percent and 75 percent of convicted drunken drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.

It is estimated there are more than 50,000 new DUI cases every year in Pennsylvania.

It remains unclear what Robbins' BAC was. Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On a broader scope, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says around 29 people die in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver every day in the U.S. The agency notes the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.

In July, a Florida attorney was detained for driving under the influence with an open bottle of rum on his lap. When questioned, he allegedly told the deputy: "F*** you. I'm a lawyer."

In another case in February, an Ohio judge crashed her vehicle while allegedly being under the influence of alcohol. "I am absolutely out of my mind," she allegedly told police. "I am so intoxicated."

Kristen Lee-Ann Robbins
Kristen Lee-Ann Robbins, 30, was charged with driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, a state that in recent years strengthened its drunken driving laws. Chambersburg Police Department