DUI: Catherine Altorfer King says she drank ‘mocktails’; real cocktails found in her car

DUI: Catherine Altorfer King says she drank ‘mocktails’; real cocktails found in her car

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47-year-old Catherine Altorfer King was booked yesterday after telling police she was having a stroke while drunk in her Mercedes. An officer was on foot patrol at Nashville Internation Airport when he saw a black Mercedes parked with a female behind the wheel that appeared to be in distress. When the officer approached her, all she could tell him was that she was 47 and possibly having a stroke, so he called for an ambulance. As they spoke, the officer could smell alcohol coming from her and noticed her watery red eyes. When another officer arrived on the scene, Altorfer admitted to drinking two 16oz mocktails before driving. Nashville Fire arrived, and Altorfer refused medical assistance. She agreed to sobriety tests, performed poorly, and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. She agreed to the breathalyzer but gave three insufficient samples. During the search of her vehicle, police located an empty 16oz Clubtail can and two empty 12 oz bottles of Fireball.

Catherine Altorfer King (MNPD)
Catherine Altorfer King (MNPD)

Catherine Anne Altorfer King of Florence Rd in Nashville, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on May 17th, charged with driving under the influence. A judicial commissioner set her bond at $1,500, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave her pre-trial release from their facility.

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