Wreck disrupts traffic on Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach

All lanes on Highway 17 in the area of 37th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach finally opened just before 11:20 a.m. Friday after a wreck overnight.

North Myrtle Beach police say Tristen Nichole Ice, 27, of Longs was drunk when she hit a telephone pole and business sign on Highway 17 near 37th Avenue South just after 1 a.m.

Police arrived to find her car sitting in the northbound lanes facing south.

The officer found Ice with an Atlantic Beach police officer who arrived at the scene first. The Atlantic Beach police officer said he saw Ice trying to get a cab after the crash and asked the driver for mints. The Atlantic Beach officer would not let the cab leave with Ice.

Ice told police she was coming from her job at Putters Pub and was texting a friend when she hit the phone pole.

The North Myrtle Beach police officer performed a field sobriety test before EMS took Ice to the hospital for injuries to her shoulder and neck.

At the hospital, police told Ice she was being charged with DUI. They say Ice refused to give a blood alcohol test.

Ice was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 7 a.m.

One northbound lane of Highway 17 opened at 6:30 a.m. The scene was cleared by 11:20 a.m.