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A Roanoke Rapids woman was charged Tuesday with driving while impaired and hitting a Dominion guide wire.

The woman, 26-year-old Amber Ruble, was also seen hitting a curb and running into a person’s yard at Seventh and Marshall streets, Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said in a statement.

“We’ve seen an increase in driving while impaired,” Martin said this morning. “It’s happening during the day when kids are getting out of school. If you see someone driving erratic call so we are able to respond in a quick manner.”

In this case, Martin said in the statement, Officer C. Roberts was patrolling in the area of East Tenth and Marshall streets when a call was received about a careless and reckless driver in a silver truck with a grill in back.

The call, which was received shortly after 3 p.m., noted the driver “was all over the road.”

Roberts drove to Marshall and Seventh streets where the driver was seen hitting the curbing and running into someone’s yard.

Roberts saw the vehicle from a distance at Jefferson Street and activated lights.

He caught up to the vehicle at East Fourth and Washington streets.

The driver appeared confused and disoriented, Martin said in the statement.

Roberts placed Ruble in custody on suspicion of driving while impaired. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic bag with the remnants of a white powdery substance believed to fentanyl. A dollar bill believed to contain fentanyl was also discovered following a search by Master Officer R. Cross and his dog Midas, which indicated positively for the presence of narcotics.

Officer discovered through witnesses Ruble struck a guide wire in the area of Long Circle and East Tenth Street.

Ruble was charged with DWI, hit and run leaving the scene causing property damage and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released to a responsible person and has a September 20 court date.

No damage estimate was immediately available.

Lieutenant T. Tyler assisted.