Tempe police release 911 calls in Walmart parking lot crashes

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Tempe Police Department has released 911 calls from witnesses describing a suspected drunk driver barreling through a Walmart parking lot in January.

Police say 31-year-old Christy Kupper caused two chain-reaction crashes and struck a pedestrian Jan. 17 while driving drunk.

A woman called 911 for help, saying she was nearly hit by the car.

"A car just sped in front of me and barely missed me and crashed into a car, and I think the guy’s dead," she told a dispatcher. “I bet he was going 90 mph.”

No one was killed in the collisions.

Surveillance video showed the car drive over a curb and hit a car in the Walmart parking lot at Southern Avenue and Rural Road, before striking a 24-year-old woman walking toward her minivan.

"She was outside the car, so I guess she was hit,” the caller said. “She’s lying on the ground talking, but I think her neck is broken."

The woman suffered broken bones but did survive.

Another witness called 911 simultaneously, saying the driver collided with two cars before hitting the woman.

The dispatcher instructed the caller to ask the driver if she had been drinking or doing drugs. The driver responded, "Uh, yeah."

Police said Kupper, who was not injured, had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.

She was arrested on charges of endangerment, aggravated ass ult, super extreme DUI, and hit-and-run.