DWI suspect reports car stolen after crashing into tree

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jun 19, 2018

A Thibodaux woman was arrested on third-offense DWI Friday after she allegedly crashed her car into a tree – then reported it stolen. 

Agnes Sims, 49, was booked with third-offense DWI, driving under suspension, no insurance, no registration, expired license plate and careless operation, said Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue.

She called officers at about 3 a.m. on Friday to report her car was stolen in the 900 block of St. Charles Street. Sims allegedly told police that a man forced her into the passenger seat of her own vehicle at a bar, then drove them to a subdivision and crashed her car into the tree, Zeringue said. 

Sims allegedly told police she walked to find help, he said. 

Before they got to her, responding officers found her 2002 Taurus crashed into a tree. No one was in the car, but physical evidence suggested that only one person was in the car when it crashed, Zeringue said. The vehicle was severely damaged, he said. 

Officers suspected Sims of being intoxicated and saw injuries that suggested she was driving the car, the chief said. She denied it, and continued to say her car had been stolen, the chief said.

Sims was then arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Sims allegedly refused to perform a standardized field sobriety test and to submit to a chemical test. A search warrant was later secured and Sims’ blood was drawn pending results.

The officers learned the car had never been registered, had no insurance and allegedly had an altered temporary registration, Zeringue said. Sims was driving with a suspended drivers license from a prior DWI conviction, he said. 

Sims was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where she later bonded out on a $5900 bond.