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Case moves forward for accused DUI driver in Decatur crash with injuries

Case moves forward for accused DUI driver in Decatur crash with injuries


DECATUR — A Decatur woman accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, crashing head-on into another vehicle and urging several injured crash victims not to call the police appeared in court Wednesday pleading not guilty to all charges.

Stephanie A. Sellers, 50, had been due to file a motion seeking to suppress statements she had made at the time of the crash at South Franklin Street and East Grove Road on the afternoon of Feb. 17.

But her defense attorney, Frank Byers, told Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers that motion wasn’t going ahead, and asked the case to be scheduled for a pretrial hearing, which was set for Sept. 5.

Sellers denies two counts of aggravated DUI involving bodily harm, two counts of causing an accident involving injury and two counts of failing to report an injury accident.

Decatur Police reports about the case accuse Sellers of walking up to two injured females in after the head-on crash and telling them: “No one has to know” and asking them “not to call the police.” She was then described as stumbling away and disappearing into a nearby house where police later arrested her.

A relative of the injured had told the Herald & Review at the time that a 16-year-old girl had suffered fractures to her right hand/wrist and was knocked unconscious, and her 26-year-old sister had suffered extensive knee injuries.

Sellers, who police said spoke with slurred speech but refused sobriety tests or a breath test at the time, has been free since the crash after posting $15,000 bond which has the condition she does not drink alcohol.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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