Police say they smelled alcohol on her breath when they spoke to her. She refused a blood test but failed multiple field sobriety tests. She was charged with driving under the influence. Police say the 59-year-old mayor told officers she had hit the pole because her accelerator got stuck and she was trying to avoid hitting other vehicles. But witnesses told police that she had been asleep in the drive-thru line and people knocked on her window to try to wake her up.
The witnesses said Chester-Burton rear-ended a truck, causing it to hit the vehicle in front of it, before hitting the pole on her way out of the parking lot. Reportedly, the mayor initially told police she had two apple martinis with dinner at 5 pm, but later admitted it had been closer to 9 pm, around two hours before the crash.