06/15/2011 08:06 am ET Updated Nov 15, 2011

Eleanor Thompson, Drunken Driving, Suspect Arrested Twice Within Six Hours

Make that a double.

Police in North Carolina arrested Eleanor Anderson Thompson for drunken driving on June 10 twice within a six hour period.

A Burlington cop pulled over the 55-year-old motorist at around 3:32 p.m. when she allegedly failed to yield to a fire truck, The Gaston Gazette reports.

A breath test revealed that Thompson's blood alcohol was 0.32 -- four times the state's legal limit. She was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, driving without a license, failing to heed to an emergency vehicle and driving with fake registration.

Officers took Thompson into custody before a magistrate released her to her sister -- a decision he defended to WFMY by noting the suspect had been cooperative, was being released to a sober adult, was a local, has family in the area and needed medical treatment for an injury on her arm.

But she wasn't free for long.

At around 9:07 p.m., an officer from the Mebane Police Department stopped Thompson for allegedly swerving and driving recklessly.

This time, the suspect's blood alcohol level was measured at 0.30. Experts told WFMY that racking up such a high blood alcohol level nearly six hours later could indicate that either the suspect continued drinking after her release -- or her blood alcohol level was still on the rise during her arrest.

This isn't Thompson's first run-in with the law for drunken driving infractions. She reportedly served two years behind bars in Florida for multiple DUIs.


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