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Pulaski woman facing DUI charges

A Pulaski woman charged with pulling into the path of a car containing three juveniles Friday, March 27, now faces charges of intoxicated driving and maiming.
According to court records, Deborah D’Amico is charged with a first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or other self-administered intoxicants, and three counts of first offense maiming as the result of intoxicated driving. She was charged with failing to yield the right of way the day of the wreck.
The intoxicated driving charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
However, conviction on a first offense of intoxicated driving also carries additional consequences, some of which are mandatory, according to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP). For example, a fine of $250 is mandatory, five to 10 days in jail is mandatory if the offender’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .15 percent or higher, and an ignition interlock system is required for first offenders if the BAC is .15 percent or higher.
The ignition interlock requires the offender to blow into a device that measures their BAC. If it detects alcohol present, the vehicle will not start.
The legal BAC limit in Virginia is .08 percent for adults and .02 percent for persons under age 21.
D’Amato’s BAC at the time of the accident was not available at press time.
Each of the maiming charges are Class 6 felonies which carry a prison sentence of one to five years, or up to 12 month in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
Virginia State Trooper C.T. Keene said the 3:49 p.m. wreck occurred when D’Amico’s Isuzu Trooper SUV pulled into the path of a Mitsubishi Eclipse that was northbound on Route 11.
The officer said D’Amico was attempting to make a left turn onto Route 11 from the Ruebush Road railroad track crossing area on the east side of the highway.
The Eclipse was being driven by a juvenile and also had two juvenile passengers inside. Their names were withheld due to their ages.
D’Amico’s mother was a passenger in the SUV.
All five people were taken to area hospitals. Although Keene said she didn’t think any of the injuries was life threatening, it has since been learned that one of the juveniles remains hospitalized as the result of a critical head injury.
D’Amico is scheduled to appear in Pulaski County General District Court June 9 at 10 a.m.

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Pulaski woman facing DUI charges

A Pulaski woman charged with pulling into the path of a car containing three juveniles Friday, March 27, now faces charges of intoxicated driving and maiming.
According to court records, Deborah D’Amico is charged with a first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or other self-administered intoxicants, and three counts of first offense maiming as the result of intoxicated driving. She was charged with failing to yield the right of way the day of the wreck.
The intoxicated driving charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
However, conviction on a first offense of intoxicated driving also carries additional consequences, some of which are mandatory, according to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP). For example, a fine of $250 is mandatory, five to 10 days in jail is mandatory if the offender’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .15 percent or higher, and an ignition interlock system is required for first offenders if the BAC is .15 percent or higher.
The ignition interlock requires the offender to blow into a device that measures their BAC. If it detects alcohol present, the vehicle will not start.
The legal BAC limit in Virginia is .08 percent for adults and .02 percent for persons under age 21.
D’Amato’s BAC at the time of the accident was not available at press time.
Each of the maiming charges are Class 6 felonies which carry a prison sentence of one to five years, or up to 12 month in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
Virginia State Trooper C.T. Keene said the 3:49 p.m. wreck occurred when D’Amico’s Isuzu Trooper SUV pulled into the path of a Mitsubishi Eclipse that was northbound on Route 11.
The officer said D’Amico was attempting to make a left turn onto Route 11 from the Ruebush Road railroad track crossing area on the east side of the highway.
The Eclipse was being driven by a juvenile and also had two juvenile passengers inside. Their names were withheld due to their ages.
D’Amico’s mother was a passenger in the SUV.
All five people were taken to area hospitals. Although Keene said she didn’t think any of the injuries was life threatening, it has since been learned that one of the juveniles remains hospitalized as the result of a critical head injury.
D’Amico is scheduled to appear in Pulaski County General District Court June 9 at 10 a.m.

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