Marana police release report on suspected DUI arrest of Arizona ‘bride’

Apr 3, 2018, 4:45 AM

FILE--This March 12, 2018, file photo provided by the Marana Police Department, in Arizona, shows 3...

FILE--This March 12, 2018, file photo provided by the Marana Police Department, in Arizona, shows 32-year-old Amber Young during her arrest on suspicion of impaired driving in Marana, Ariz. (Marana Police Department via AP, file)

(Marana Police Department via AP, file)

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PHOENIX — Police in a southern Arizona town have released details on the suspected DUI arrest of a woman who told officers she was driving to her wedding.

Officers with the Marana Police Department arrested 32-year-old Amber Young on March 12 following an early morning crash that involved three cars and injured one person.

Young was wearing what appeared to be a wedding dress — a white, open-back, full-length dress — at the time of her arrest, which occurred near Thornydale and Orange Grove roads in Marana, which is 30 miles north of Tucson.

But days after her arrest, Young, through her attorney, disputed the claims that she was taken into custody as she was headed to her wedding.

Attorney Michelle Behan said her client was arrested on her way to meet a friend for lunch, not to a wedding. She said Young isn’t engaged and insisted she was wearing a sun dress, not a wedding gown.

Sgt. Chriswell Scott, a spokesman for Marana police, said body-camera video from the arrest shows Young telling officers that she was on her way to get married and confirming that she was wearing a wedding dress.

Scott said Young even gave the time and location of the ceremony.

The police report, which was released Monday, said that Young was “very emotional and was explaining that it was her wedding day.

“Amber explained she was worried about missing it,” the report read.

Officers also observed that Young had “watery eyes” and could smell a “small odor of intoxicants coming from her breath.”

Young later admitted to having a glass of champagne that morning and said she should not have been driving.

The report later went on to say that Young said she was “anxious and nervous because it was her wedding day” and “didn’t mean to hit anybody.”

Young also said she was “just in a rush and nervous for her wedding, and that she did not mean to hit any cars.”

But the report also said that Young later told officers that she “wasn’t sure what she would be doing today” following the crash.

The report also named a Raymond Perkins as Young’s fiance.

Part of the report was redacted, but the time and location of the alleged ceremony was not available in the report.

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Marana police release report on suspected DUI arrest of Arizona ‘bride’