Bryan, Texas — A 19-year-old Texas A&M student rear-ended a police car on October 26, 2016. Police say the crash occurred because the teen was allegedly intoxicated and trying to take a “topless selfie.”
Austin resident Miranda Kay Rader had an open bottle of wine beside her in the vehicle — Rader is under Texas’s legal drinking age of 21 — and was driving back to her campus dorm at the time of the crash.
Ironically, last July Rader shared on her Facebook page a link to a news story about a Texas teen killed earlier that month in a drunk-driving crash.
Witnesses reported to authorities that they saw Rader’s Acura SUV “driving recklessly” prior to the collision. One motorist reported being forced to change lanes to avoid a wreck with Rader.
At the time of the accident, the police patrol car was parked with its emergency lights on in Bryan, Texas, a community just north of College Station where Texas A&M is located. The patrol officers were at the scene responding to a disturbance call.
Bryan Police Officer John Sartell said in a report about the incident that he “heard the sound of a vehicle braking hard and heard what sounded like a vehicle collision.” He noted that he turned and saw that Rader’s vehicle had hit the back of his police cruiser.
Sartell wrote that as he approached Rader’s SUV, he saw a,
“white female driver with an unclasped brassiere.”
He reported that she was,
“trying to put a black blouse on.”
The police affidavit from Sartrell continues,
“I asked her why she was not dressed while driving and she stated that she was taking a Snapchat photo to send to her boyfriend while she was at the red light.”
The report also notes that a bottle of wine was found in Rader’s center console cup holder. Sartrell wrote that Rader “stated that the open bottle of wine was from when she was drinking at a friend’s house.”
His account goes on to say, “When I recovered the bottle, approximately 1/4 of the bottle contained a liquid that had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Standard field sobriety tests were conducted at the scene. Rader’s eyes were “glassy,” Sartrell noted, and she did not pass the sobriety tests: she “swayed continuously” during the tests and failed the “walk and turn test” and the “one leg stand” test, the report says.
Rader was taken to a local hospital where she consented to having her blood drawn for blood alcohol content analysis. Rader’s airbag deployed in the crash, but she was not injured. She was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated with an open container and was booked into the Brazos County Detention Center. Police have not released her blood alcohol level.
Rader was released on a bond of $2,000 and faces up to 180 days in county jail if convicted. It is not clear if she could face other charges connected to the crash, and it is not yet known when she is scheduled to appear in court.