Woman Charged With DUI in Police Car Crash

by ARLnow.com September 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm 6,831 52 Comments

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated in a July crash that seriously injured an Arlington County police officer.

At 2:20 a.m. on July 20, the officer was responding to a call in Ballston when his police cruiser collided with another vehicle at N. Glebe Road and Washington Boulevard. The officer was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Even now, he’s “still in and out of the hospital,” according to police spokeswoman Det. Crystal Nosal.

Today police announced that Arlington resident Kathryn Grace Kron, 21, has been arrested in connection with the accident. Kron is charged with Driving While Intoxicated, DWI Maiming and Possession of a Schedule II Drug, according to police. She is currently out on bond.

“Anyone who has additional information about this accident is asked to contact Detective P. Mulvaney at (703) 228-4239,” police said in a statement. “Witnesses can also call the Arlington Police Tip-Line at (703) 228-4242.”

On Facebook, an Arlington resident named Kathryn Kron is listed as a Yorktown High School graduate.

Photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department

  • SomeGuy

    Typo? DUI is not equal to DWI.

    • Aaron

      I’m pretty sure the two are considered interchangeable under Virginia law, regardless of however they were defined in whatever state you immigrated from. § 18.2-266 of the VA Code, “Driving motor vehicle, engine, etc., while intoxicated, etc” is the only controlling source and the acronyms are not defined at all.

    • ShirliMan

      I don’t think there is a distinction in VA

    • SomeGuy

      I think they are treated differently in many places. If they’re truly interchangeable in VA, then the article is correct. But it looks strange to say in “DUI” in the title and then refer to her “Driving While Intoxicated” charge everywhere else. Oh well.

  • dallynd

    “On Facebook, an Arlington resident named Kathryn Kron is listed as a Yorktown High School graduate.”

    What is THAT about? Not exactly a journalistic standard.

    • Captain Krunchy

      Facebook is the new standard. We should also be entitled to know her Farmville status, regardless of whether she is the same person or not.

    • Tre

      What is the “journalistic standard”? Social security numbers?

  • Captain Obvious

    She looks super happy to be arrested!

  • Al Gore

    That’s a rough 21.

    • FunnyMunny

      That’s what I was thinking. She won’t be babysitting for us!

    • Lou


  • SomeGuy

    I’ll bet this girl wishes ArlNow’s purveyor would blur her face, much like he was willing to do for more privileged people in this post:

    • Brian

      It’s a jail shot .. she’s a criminal and should be paraded as one. Look at Nassau County (NY) they used to publish the shots of anyone arrested for DWI, even before conviction

      • JamesE

        alleged criminal.

      • SomeGuy

        Brian, she was charged, not convicted, and therefore not a “criminal” yet as far as we know from the article.

        Further, the point I’m making is related to the subjectiveness by which certain photos are blurred and others aren’t, depending on one’s arrangement with ArlNow.

        • Brian

          I stand corrected, thanks and my bad

      • KalashniKEV

        Yes… let’s try to be more like Nassau County!

    • NoVapologist

      I would assume the person blurred in that photo is either the victim of the hit and run or a witness, not the bus driver charged with the crime. Apples and oranges.

      • Someguy

        I would assume you didn’t read the comments in the link I posted, or you would know that’s not the case. And it’s not apples/oranges regarding a willingness to blur at the request of only certain people.


    This was a hit and run? Why is she being arrested now. FREDTERP

    • Brian

      Because good investigative work takes time .. she thought she got off easy, now she will pay. BRIAN

    • V Dizzle

      Steve Holt! V DIZZLE

    • JamesE

      They just needed time to investigate before making an arrest (make sure that the cop wasn’t at fault)

    • drax

      Because the definition of hit and run is that the driver ran so she wouldn’t be arrested. Duh.

    • Stephen

      It was not a hit and run according to the original ArlNow article: “The driver of the other vehicle, a 21 year old woman, sustained minor injuries but was also transported to the hospital.”

  • ClarendonBound

    Fan of the tv show weeds, waitress and goes to a community college. Interesting.

  • I got that PMA

    Damn, illegal immigrants!!! Check her papers! She looks illegal!

    • KalashniKEV

      Don’t be silly, Criminal Aliens do the crime we won’t do! That’s why we need them!

    • Aaron

      I’m sure the feds checked her immigration status when ACPD submitted her fingerprints to them. This policy is truly colorblind when even the whitest of white (like this girl) are subjected to the same treatment as the rest of the population.

  • InCounty

    The cop hit her! I fell sorry for the poor kid.

    • get a clue

      That is idiotic! Hitting a car does not make that person at fault. She turned in front of the cop, failing to yield the right of way. That does not mean the cop was at fault, just cause the cop hit her. She is at fault, and likely it was due to her being under the influence. Regardless, even the non-fault driver can be arrested for dwi. Dwi does not assess fault.

      • InCounty

        Another cop apologist. Surprise. Where does it say anywhere that she turned in front of the cop? Why did it take 2 months to charge her? Why haven’t the police been more forthcoming with additional information about this serious crash? You are speculating that she was at fault because of intoxication; I will speculate that the cop is at fault because of arrogance (i.e., no lights or siren on). It wouldn’t be the first time an arrogant cop hurt an innocent citizen.

        • get a clue

          As my reply said, being charged with DWI does NOT assess fault, it merely says a person was involved. It takes that long to charge because the lab examines the blood, it is not immediate results. Why does it matter it took 2 months? It still does not change the accident. And nice call to speculate the cop is arrogant. At least they are not a drunk driver or in possession of illegal drugs. Keep making excuses for the driver/your friend.

          • Not an apologist

            It seems all you are doing is speculating, whereas your so called apologist is not. You can speculate all you want on fault, but one thing is for sure… the laboratory found illegal substances in her blood. Whether it be above a .08 or illegal drugs, she was intoxicated and charged as such, no matter if it is 2 months later. Toxicology always takes that long, just look at Amy Winehouse, we still do not have toxicology back for her. Instead of worrying about the cop, worry about your friend and her troubles.

        • NArl

          your an as*

          • Who is?

            Who is the as*? The guy defending a drunk that drove on our streets? Or the guy defending the cop who protects our streets?

  • aw

    I know the Officer that was injured. Very sad, as he has a long recovery ahead. Please keep him and his family in your thougths.

    • Just Me

      To AW,

      I hope he will be able to return to work one day and most people in the area want the best for him.

      To InCounty,

      You are a pathetic idiot, it bothers me to think if this officer is able to work again and you need help he will risk his life to protect your sorry butt.

  • Steve

    It’s funny how people, including the police, have no problem jeopardizing someone’s right to a fair trial by publishing their mugshot, which automatically makes them look guilty. Way to remove their constitutional right. Being charged doesn’t make you guilty. It could be YOU one day that happens to.

  • search for the truth

    Ahhh journalism… its always from one perspective or another.

    Get your facts strait. The police car was driving with NO lights or siren through a rather large intersection… going well OVER the speed limit. The girl has been charged, NOT convicted with a DUI.

    I don’t believe she was drunk, people drive after only one tasty beverage, who’s to say? Just because she got in an accident with an officer doesn’t mean they should treat this any differently than with normal citizens.

    I think the county is taking advantage of this situation and this girl. It was an accident. A mistake on BOTH parties. Why can no one see that? And why are the police NEVER wrong? They are human too.

    • Lou

      How exactly are they taking advantage of her? Please explain.

  • Just Me

    search for the truth

    I guess you were there or know more about the investigation than we do and know the officer was “going well OVER the speed limit”. So how fast was he going?

    You don’t believe she was drunk, oh maybe you were not there. She did have some kind of drug in her car that she was charged with. Maybe she was on that too.

    How are they treating her different from any normal citizen? She will go to court just like anyone else.

    I think you are just another cop hater.

    • Josh S

      Nice. Like the use of labels there at the end. Sort of like the sprinkles on top of the cupcake.

      But…but one thing I’m not too clear on. Just out of curiosity’s sake – what does “just another cop hater” mean? I mean, why do you say “just another.” Have you encountered a lot of “cop haters” around here recently? What’s a “cop hater?” What about search’s comment makes you think that s/he is a “cop hater?”

      What? What’s that you say? You don’t have any coherent answer because labels are essentially incoherent and add nothing to a reasoned discussion about anything? You mean instead of being like sprinkles on top of the cupcake, adding the little throwaway label is more like sprinkling a little dog sh*t on your answer? Oh. Well then, never mind.

  • keep searching

    And just where did you get these supposed facts? Let me take a guess, from the accused? How else would you make the guess that she was not drunk? It appears the delay was for blood results from the lab, and she was in possession of an illegal substance, so she may not have been drunk from alcohol. But you say it was a mistake on both parties. How so, if she was not drunk, what was her mistake? Maybe you read your own reply and felt stupid for what you wrote, but posted it anyway? Let us know how your search for the truth is going. Keep hanging with your arrested friend, doubt you will find it.

  • Just saying

    In Arlington it’s okay to drive up on the sidewalk and kill a person walking on the sidewalk, so hitting someone in the road seems like a lesser offense.

    Maybe Arlington County can use taxpayer funds to provide the offender with affordable housing so that we will rid ourselves of our guilt over her misconduct.

    • Josh S

      Spare us.

  • John M.

    What has me baffled is how come the cop was so severely injured? Suspect driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Was the suspect driving a huge car that smashed up the Police car? The question I have is were both drivers using seat-belts?
    They almost never report that now. Did the airbags deploy? From the pictures, I think I see the airbag in the Police car. Did they retrieve any data from on-board black boxes? Always interested in more accurate information.

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  • Ridic

    It took them two months to charge her? I guarantee that cop was speeding with no lights on and she had no way of seeing him coming. He ran into her. I live two blocks from there and cops drive around fast all the time with no lights and especially no siren on. They are just mad that one of “their own” was hurt. If I had been speeding to get to a hospital and ran into her, they would have charged me, not her. I bet she had one sip of wine that night and one of the officers “reported” he smelled some alcohol coming from her. The fact that they did not charge her that night is extremely suspect. I would bet a million dollars she is being railroaded. I hope she asks for a jury trial and is found not guilty. Total double standard when it comes to cops.

  • witness

    I personally know the first witness to this crash, and can confirm that the police officer was speeding through the intersection with no siren or lights. The officer crashed into her; this charge is strictly to cover the department from having to pay out a settlement and seem in the wrong. The two month delayed charge is proof of this.
    Arlington county should be ashamed of the abuse they are putting this poor girl through. Hopefully she will sue the county and especially the police force for damages; emotional and otherwise. I’m sure blasting her picture to thousands of arlington residents is a perfect punishment for being a victim of an abuse of police power.

    • Steve Briglia

      I would like to speak with anyone who has knowledge of this accident as I am advising the young woman who has been charged. My e-mail address is [email protected].

      Thank you.

  • RealityCheck

    I know a witness to this accident and some of the people involved. This girl was coming home from work in Ballston and was not drunk. She passed the breathalyzer at the scene. The cop was speeding with no lights or siren and ran into her as she was turning. The picture of her was taken 2 months later when they came to her house after midnight to arrest her. They have not released any information as to what her actual BAC was. The “drugs” in the car were prescription drugs that were legal and did not belong to her. This accident has been devastating to both parties. The cop was responding to a call and the girl was just trying to go home. For all you people trying to pile onto this young girl with out knowing all the facts and ignoring the facts in the report I suggest you get a life.


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