Police: DUII driver arrested, released, arrested within hours

Police: DUII driver arrested, released, arrested within hours
Jami Wyatt

EUGENE, Ore. - A woman jailed for drunk driving and then released due to jail overcrowding got booked again for DUII less than 2 hours later, Eugene Police said.

The sequence of events started just after noon Sunday, June 30, when police got a report of a possible drunk driver on W. 18th Avenue and Garfield Street.

Police used a witness description of the vehicle and license plate to investigate Jami Wyatt, 36.

Police said Wyatt drove a Honda Accord with her husband and two young children as passengers while her blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

Officers booked Wyatt into the Lane County Jail on charges of DUII, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving just before 3 p.m.

Voter-approved tax money to expand the Lane County Jail have yet to be collected, and phased plans to open beds on a budget don't kick in until July.

With the capacity of the Lane County Jail limited, some people accused of crimes are released before posting bail or facing trial.

Wyatt was let go from jail shortly after 5 p.m. in such a "capacity based release."

Two hours later, police spotted her driving on W. 11th Avenue.

Police said drivers arrested for DUII who fail a blood-alcohol content breath test aren't allowed to drive again for 12 hours.

Officers arrested Wyatt for DUII a second time and booked her into the jail just before 7:40 p.m. She remained in jail as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday.