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DUI and teens in car don’t mix

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Driving intoxicated with teenagers in the car doesn’t mix.

A Pulaski woman convicted in November of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of felony child neglect.

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said police stopped Amelia Walters Macias Aug. 29 because a taillight on her vehicle wasn’t working. Macias was arrested for intoxicated driving after a strong odor of alcohol prompted the officer to initiate sobriety tests.

According to Fleenor, a Breathalyzer test determined Macias’ blood-alcohol level to be .16 percent (double the legal limit for driving).

The child abuse and neglect charges stemmed from the fact two juveniles, ages 14 and 15, were in the backseat of Macias’ vehicle, added Fleenor.

Macias was convicted under a plea agreement that called for her to receive consecutive three-year prison sentences on each charge, for a total of six years. The sentence was suspended, but Macias was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and complete a parenting course offered by Virginia Department of Social Services. She also is on three years of supervised probation.

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