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Citations issued against woman in viral video of collision with bicyclist in Clinton County

Stumbling woman knocks girl off bike on the sidewalk

A woman stumbling and holding a beer knocks a young girl off of her bike as she was riding down the sidewalk.
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A woman stumbling and holding a beer knocks a young girl off of her bike as she was riding down the sidewalk.

A Clinton County woman who managed to hold onto her beer and phone while stumbling into a girl on a bicycle has been issued a traffic citation accusing her of unlawful transportation of alcohol.

The 33-year-old, Kari A. Dorries of Breese, also received a citation accusing her of failure to wear a safety belt. Attempts to reach her for comment have not been successful.

A video of the woman careening into a girl on a bicycle Saturday in Beckemeyer has gone viral. A thread about the video on Reddit was upvoted more than 17,000 times.

The video showed a woman perched on the passenger side of an open-sided Jeep, holding a beer and cell phone in her right hand. When the vehicle stopped, she stumbled several steps before colliding with the girl on the bicycle. Both the woman and the girl fell to the ground.

The video sparked controversy after it was posted on Facebook by Dale Lappe III, a potential candidate for state representative, with a caption that said, “When Trump’s wall fails, so you have to take matters into your own hands.” Lappe has not responded to requests for comment. It’s not clear if Lappe shot the video himself or simply posted it to Facebook after receiving it from someone else.

The citations were issued to Dorries by the Beckemeyer Police Department. Village President Josh Mensing said Wednesday morning the village planned to issue a statement later.

The girl on the bicycle, whose family has declined to comment, is Hispanic.

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