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Driver in fatal DUI had previous charge

Monday, June 18, 2012 8:17 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:18 AM
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This weekend’s deadly accident on Windsor Spring Road led to the second driving under the influence arrest for 22-year-old Kalisha Luke in three months.

Shortly before 6 a.m. on March 17, Luke was pulled over on Central Avenue and charged with driving left of center line, driving under the influence and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration.

Three months later, Luke was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and homicide by vehicle in a wreck that killed motorcyclist Hilton Alphonso Milton, 40, of Hephzibah.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said after being charged with a DUI, valid license-holders are able to drive legally for between 30 and 180 days, depending on the testing done at the scene.

Gay said if a driver submits to a Breathalyzer at the scene, or refuses all testing, his license still is valid for 30 days, or until he goes before a judge.

A driver who is brought to a hospital to draw fluids receives a 180-day permit in order to give law enforcement time to get the results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

“Theoretically, someone could go before a judge in a matter of days and plead guilty and have their license taken away,” he said. However, in some cases, he said, the process can be lengthy and a driver could receive several DUIs before seeing a judge.

Luke was the second driver charged with a DUI in a deadly accident this weekend. Early Saturday, Lacie Doolittle, 21, of Wagener, was involved in a wreck that killed a 53-year-old Missisppi man. She is in Richmond County jail awaiting extradition to Aiken County.

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Jake
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Jake 06/18/12 - 08:52 pm
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Hmmmm.......

I guess she did not learn a lesson the first time and a man is dead because of it. Throw the book, make that the library, at her.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/18/12 - 09:00 pm
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I agree. If you can't learn

I agree. If you can't learn from the first "bad mistake" which people love to call it in court, then give maximum sentence. This idiotic person has ended the life of another human being with her disgusting decisions. 20 years in prison should give her plenty of time to think about making better decision, and keep all of us a little safer on the roadways. I don't mean a 20 year sentence, but 20 to actually serve.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/18/12 - 09:11 pm
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Once Again....DUI Crashes Are NOT Accidents!!!

Twice this weekend the CSRA saw 2 people murdered by drunk drivers. I really wish the Augusta Chronicle would STOP referring to crashes involving DUI's as accidents. DUI crashes are never an accident. These drivers took it upon themselves to drink and drive. They knew when they left their house they were going to drink abd have to drive themselves home. We had 2 young people obviously make the irresponsible decision to drink and drive resulting in deaths. The laws need tightening up a bit to keep the police from having to arrest drivers multiple times for DUI while they await trial. That slackness in the Ga law had a hand in that motorcyclist's death. She should do hard time for being a repeat offender.

happychimer
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happychimer 06/18/12 - 10:10 pm
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curly this is one time I

curly this is one time I agree with you.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/18/12 - 10:25 pm
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Dittos Jake. I am on record

Dittos Jake. I am on record as opposing draconian penalties for people at .08; but this is the kind of person who needs to see the max penalty. Drunk @ 0600? (first time). Good LORD!

And, I might add; some serious intervention/therapy. If she is getting that hammered, she has a real problem that she needs help with. Just a sad situation all the way around.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/19/12 - 12:09 am
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"Kudos" to My Hometown's DUI shysters...

for endangering the public safety by helping drivers of Miss Luke's ilk to operate vehicles legally on our roads.

Jane18
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Jane18 06/19/12 - 09:25 am
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Alcohol addiction?

I seems Ms.Luke has a problem with alcohol. Att 22 years old, I know she has a problem. I'm thinking that she and her family may think she doesn't, or they would have tried to do something after the charges in March. Well, now it's too late, she has killed someone! Hopefully she will get plenty of "time" to think about what she caused............

cheapster505
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cheapster505 06/19/12 - 01:04 pm
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dui s

Alcohol doesNOT kill people ,People kill people Good thing she wasn't
smoking cigarettes they,d have thrown the book at her and hit her upside the head

cheapster505
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cheapster505 06/19/12 - 01:12 pm
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dui

what's the difference between second hand smoke and secondhand alcohol? A dui is secondhand alcohol you can be injured by it just the same, tobacco smoke may take longer, dui s /dwi are instant STOP second hand alcohol just as we stopped second hand smoke

HighSociety
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HighSociety 06/19/12 - 03:14 pm
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Most folks convicted of DUI

Most folks convicted of DUI and Homicide by Vehicle don't seem to do more than a few years in prison, if that. Maybe the prison time should be increased and be mandatory. This lady obviously has a problem .

Jake
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Jake 06/19/12 - 07:02 pm
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Second hand

Just what is second hand alcohol? Drinking with both hands?

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