WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Wrightsville Beach Police say Randi Petrolino was driving east across the causeway bridge early Tuesday morning doing 70 miles an hour and huffing from a can of dust cleaner when she passed out. She had two other people in the car: Eric Fuller and Cori Silverberg.
Just past the bridge police say she hit a flower bed, which launched her car 65 feet, a bit longer than a trailer on an 18-wheeler, then hit a tree at at about 45 miles an hour. Police say at some point she came to, ran off, then came back to the car.
According to the arrest report, Petrolino blew a .04 blood alcohol level and admitted she had had three drinks on top of huffing the dust cleaner. She's facing a DWI charge along with seven other charges. Fuller and Silverberg could also face charges.
Now here's a look at Petrolino's rap sheet, which when we printed it, was 10 pages long. She's already gotten one DWI back in February 2009, when she reportedly blew a .10. Her license was revoked then for 30 days.
Before that, in November 2008, she got a speeding ticket. It was reduced to having a broken speedometer. A month later she was caught shoplifting and convicted of misdemeanor larceny. A month after that, in January 2009, she got an underage drinking citation that was eventually dropped. Then a month after that, the first DWI. Then in May, while the DWI charge was pending, she was caught doing 95 in a 70 in Sampson County. Again, it was reduced to having a broken speedometer. This past February she was convicted of the first DWI, and her license was revoked again
So why is Petrolino still behind the wheel? We went to District Attorney Ben David's office today and were told he couldn't talk about the case, because it's still pending. We also tried to talk with the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving representative. She told us she wasn't comfortable talking about this story.
A post on our website claiming to be from Petrolino's sister says, "she was injured very badly - a fractured back in 2 places and ruptured spleen." However we found pictures of Petrolino in her hospital room with her friends in bed with her and crayons stuck up their noses. She's also posted pictures on her Facebook page obviously partying in a bar with alcohol.
According to a Facebook posting she posted last year, less than two weeks before she got the first DWI, Petrolino said, "The goal I would like to achieve this year: to stay out of trouble."
We called Petrolino's hospital room a number of times Wednesday and Thursday to get her side of the story. She hung up on us every time, except for today. She told WWAY's Nadine Maeser that we were bring too dramatic with our report, that we "threw her under the bus" and that she would really appreciate it if we took it off the air.