A witness to a hit-and-run accident in Great Mills demonstrated an unusual degree of persistence on Feb. 15. The efforts of this witness were even more helpful because it turned out that the alleged hit-and-run motorist was driving with her teenage son in the vehicle while she was allegedly intoxicated.
A Fortunate Coincidence
After the witness saw a minivan hit a parked automobile on St. Leonard’s Circle, he began to follow the vehicle. Both vehicles subsequently came upon a blocked intersection that was manned by law enforcement, coincidentally because of another car accident. There, the witness told officers about the hit-and-run incident.
Soon thereafter, the driver behind the wheel of the minivan made an abrupt U-turn and attempted to elude approaching police. The 33-year-old Lexington Park woman was pursued to a home in the vicinity of the original crash, and she was apprehended. It was determined at the time that she had been driving with her 14-year-old son in the vehicle.
Several Charges Filed
A field sobriety test was performed, and the motorist failed the test. As a result, she was taken to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center. There, three charges were filed: DUI, driving with a suspended license, and transporting a minor while driving impaired by alcohol. A District Court Commissioner set bail at $7,500, which she posted. The accused was then released from custody. She is scheduled to appear at an initial court hearing in the coming weeks.
A Prior DUI
A review of court records indicated that she had just been convicted of a St. Mary’s County DUI in December of last year. In December of 2009 she had also been arrested for suspicion of DUI, but that charge had been dropped.
In this case, the persistence of the witness may have averted a further collision down the road. Fortunately, the collision with the parked car did not injure the teenage boy or anyone else.
For more information, or to discuss the particulars of an accident that you or a family member was involved in with a St. Mary’s County accident lawyer, please contact us.
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