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10/27/2012 05:09 pm ET Updated Oct 27, 2012

Natasha M. Garza, Indiana Woman's Car Dragged For Mile By Semi Truck In Drunk Driving Collision

An intoxicated Hammond, Ind. woman's 34th birthday came to a dramatic end early Saturday when she rear-ended a semi truck on a Gary-area interstate and was dragged in her car over a mile when the semi driver didn't notice the collision.

According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Natasha M. Garza had been out drinking in celebration of her Friday birthday when she crashed her Chevrolet Cobalt into a semi trailer around 2:40 a.m. Saturday.

The semi driver proceeded to drive about a mile westbound with Garza's vehicle wedged under the back of his truck before he finally noticed the crash had taken place and pulled over on Interstate 80, near Gary, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Garza's blood alcohol level was .21 percent, over two times the legal limit of .08. She was cut out of her car by firefighters and sustained non-life-threatening injuries to her wrist and ankle, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.

The truck driver, Juan G. Palafox, of Romeoville, Ill., was not injured in the crash but was cited for a logbook violation.

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