Woman arrested for crashing into city hall is arrested again

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Eau Claire police say 42-year-old Denise Marten was found in a parked pick-up truck screaming with two aerosol cans in her lap

Denise Marten, arrested for 3rd OWI

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)--A woman accused of crashing her car into Eau Claire City Hall has been arrested again.

Eau Claire police say 42-year-old Denise Marten was found in a parked pick-up truck screaming with two aerosol cans in her lap.
Officers say she was arrested for abuse of a hazardous substance.

Last week, police say Marten was arrested for crashing her car into Eau Claire City Hall.

Officers say she may have been "huffing" before the crash.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)--Police say the woman arrested for crashing her car into Eau Claire City Hall may have been "huffing" before the crash.

They say 42-year-old Denise Marten, of Eau Claire, admitted to huffing in previous days but says that she didn't do it before the crash.
Police won't know for sure until tests come back.

Officers say they found materials in her car that could be used for huffing. She was arrested for her 3rd OWI.

Eau Claire City Hall is being assessed for damage now. The city says it is still weighing out its options.

Eau Claire City Manager, Russell Van Gompel says he's glad no one was hurt. He says a timeline has not been set yet on when the damaged entrance will be fixed.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire Police have arrested the driver who took out a side entrance to city hall, for being under the influence of drugs.

Officers say they arrested 42-year-old Denise M. Marten of Eau Claire for 3rd offense operating under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and abuse of hazardous subtances.

Officers say she was already out of the car and walking around near E. Grand Ave. when they arrived on scene.

She was evaluated by paramedics and did not have to be transported to the hospital. Marten was also given a field sobriety test on scene.

No one was hurt even though there was a city council meeting happening as the car crashed into the covered entrance. But at least one person inside said it was too close for comfort.

Salina Heller was working in the office on the other side of the wall at the time of the crash.

"I was right inside the building probably a couple feet from the door is where my office is so I heard a very loud crash," said Heller who is one of the only witnesses on scene.

"Just stepping outside the door, I didn't know what to expect. It sounded like an explosion or something in the building. Then I saw the entrance was gone and you couldn't get outside the door," she said.

Heller said she was the only one working on that side of the building at the time, while on the other side a city council meeting was underway.

"I first called to see what I needed to do if there was people in the building and I smelled fuel in there," said Heller.

The entrance the car crashed into is the same one Heller walks in and out of every day and on this particular night, she happened to work a little later than usual.

"I normally park where the car went into the entrance of the building," said Heller. "I would've walked out those doors in just a couple of minutes so I was right there and ready to go out the door."

The door was blocked off by shattered glass and debris.

Battalion Chief Allyn Bertrang said the car went down E. Grand Ave., into the parking lot and then hit the building.

"The driver of the car was evaluated by an Eau Claire Fire Dept. ambulance crew and was not transported to the hospital," said Bertrang.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – A car has crashed into part of the Eau Claire City Hall building.

Investigators say a woman driving the car went off of East Grand Ave. around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It went through a railing, and then into the building. She was the only one in the car. Crews don’t think they’ll have to take the driver to the hospital, but are evaluating her to make sure she’s okay.

We have a reporter at the scene, and we’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.


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