Planned Parenthood Staffer Hits Girl With Car, Cited for DUI

State   Steven Ertelt   May 29, 2012   |   4:03PM    Sioux Falls, SD

A Planned Parenthood abortion business staffer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was charged with careless driving and Driving Under the Influence of alcohol in connection with a recent traffic incident.

As the Argus Leader newspaper reports, Carmen Toft, 32, a Planned Parenthood official and Democratic candidate for the state legislature, ran into a 7-year-old girl with her vehicle on may 22. Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens confirmed the incident and said Toft was charged with careless driving.

As the paper reports:

Toft was driving south on Chicago and stopped at the intersection’s stop sign just after 8 p.m., Clemens said. Toft reportedly told police the child, who was going east through the crosswalk on Eighth Street, “came out of nowhere” on a bicycle as she began driving again.

The child was knocked to the ground and taken to the hospital for possible internal injuries, Clemens said. Toft was cited for careless driving and DUI, he said, but it was treated as a standard traffic offense and no SFPD case report was created.

Toft refused to take a breath test for alcohol on the scene, Clemens said. Anyone cited for DUI in the South Dakota is required to take a blood test, however.

The abortion business staffer, who has been instrumental in working against South Dakota’s twp attempts to ban abortions, refused comment when the Argus Leader asked for an interview. Toft is the South Dakota Public Affairs Manager at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.

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Ironically, on her Twitter feed, Toft yesterday encouraged a friend to “drive safely” when told her friend was headed out on the interstate on a spare tire.