An Augusta woman who was driving while intoxicated when she crashed while taking her son to school pleaded guilty Tuesday.
Keisha Hicks, 41, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. The crash occurred around 6 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2014, when Hicks hit the curb in the 3000 block of Walton Way.
The car rolled and two passengers were ejected and injured. Christopher Collins suffered a serious head injury, said Assistant District Attorney McKenzie Gray. At the time of the crash, Hicks’ blood alcohol level was .182. A driver is presumed legally intoxicated at .08.
There had been a party at Hicks’ home the night before and she didn’t realize she was still under the influence the next morning, said defense attorney George D. Bush. She had no history of DUI or alcohol abuse, Bush said. For the past two years, Hicks has been on electronic monitoring for alcohol consumption at a cost of $300 a month as a condition of bond in the incident.
Bush asked the judge to consider as mitigation Hicks’ long untreated mental health condition and her role as single parent to two children.
Gray, who was handling Tuesday’s hearing on behalf of her colleague Assistant District Attorney Libby Bitting, said while there wasn’t a plea negotiation between the state and defense, the prosecutor sought a minimum of five years incarceration.
Bush asked Judge J. David Roper to consider probation, but if he believed incarceration was appropriate, Bush asked the judge to impose a sentence that Hicks could serve in the local jail so she would be closer to her children.
Roper sentenced Hicks to 18 months incarceration followed by 4 1/2 years probation. Where she serves that time will be up to the Department of Corrections. She is to report to the local jail on Jan. 2.
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