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Police: Accused Decatur DUI driver told crash victims, 'No one has to know'
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Police: Accused Decatur DUI driver told crash victims, 'No one has to know'

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DECATUR — Police said a Decatur driver, who had just caused a head-on crash with injuries Sunday afternoon, leaned into the other vehicle to tell the victims: “No one has to know; don‘t call the police.”

The accident had left both vehicles wrecked at the intersection of South Franklin Street and East Grove roads. The female driver, who appeared intoxicated, walked away after delivering her message and disappeared into a house nearby on Ridgeway Drive, according to a sworn affidavit from Decatur Police.

The crash had happened about 12:30 p.m. After getting no answer during repeated visits to the Ridgeway Drive house, police officer Larry Brooks said a man let finally let him inside at 2:30 p.m., and the woman was found and arrested.

“I observed that as (she) spoke, she had slurred speech, glossy eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her,” said Brooks in the affidavit. “I asked her if she would submit to any tests or blow into a preliminary breath tester, and she said she was not doing anything.”

The 50-year-old woman was later booked on two preliminary charges of aggravated driving under the influence; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

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Two females who were in the other vehicle involved in the crash both suffered major injuries: A 16-year-old suffered fractures in her right hand/wrist and was knocked unconscious, and her 26-year-old sister suffered extensive knee injuries which are still being evaluated.

Their injuries were described by Denise Robinson, the 45-year-old mother of both women, who told the Herald & Review she was angry at the way the accident happened, but grateful it hadn’t been any worse. “We’re just super thankful the girls are still here with us,” she said in a phone interview.

Robinson said the older sibling, a nurse with three children, now faces the prospect of six months to a year of recuperation while the damage to her knee is repaired.

The accused driver is free after posting $15,000 bond at the Macon County Jail with the condition she does not drink any alcohol.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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


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