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Fort Logan gravestones damaged, cars sideswiped by suspected drunk driver, police say

The driver was identified as 44-year-old Paulette Martinez.

DENVER — A suspected drunk driver interrupted Memorial Day services at Fort Logan by sideswiping multiple cars on her way in and hitting multiple veterans' gravestones, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD). 

The woman was identified Tuesday as 44-year-old Paulette Martinez. When contacted at the scene by the DPD officer, she showed several signs of intoxication which included slurred speech and blood shot eyes, according to a probable cause (PC) statement for her arrest.

Martinez also was "staggering", according to the statement, and the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.

Police said her car was left in the middle of the national cemetery.  

DPD said headstones were knocked over and damaged in the crash.  

Martinez is being held for investigation of DUI, according to DPD. There were no injuries.

Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas was at the national cemetery visiting her father's grave when the crash occurred. She tweeted out pictures of the suspect's car which was sitting among veterans' headstones. 

Thomas' tweet said she saw an officer place a woman in handcuffs and walk her away from the crash scene. 

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