Wyoming woman heads to prison for causing two drunken crashes in Bay City in one night - mlive.com

2022-08-03 09:59:35 By : Mr. Please Contact Evin Wong

Woman drunkenly runs two red lights, causes two crashes in Bay City, police say

BAY CITY, MI — Months ago, a woman with a history of drunken driving moved from Wyoming to Michigan, fleeing incarceration in the Equality State. Newly situated in Bay City, she ended up causing two drunken crashes in the same night and as a result, she’s now moving to prison.

Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran on Monday, Aug. 1, sentenced 40-year-old Christina A. Delaurentis to 40 months to 10 years’ imprisonment. He gave her credit for 149 days already served in the county jail.

The judge also ordered Delaurentis to pay $1,750 in restitution.

Delaurentis in May pleaded no contest to one count of operating a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol content causing injury with a prior conviction. In exchange, the prosecution dismissed charges of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury and third-offense operating while intoxicated, both five-year felonies.

Delaurentis’ conviction stems from a pair of crashes that occurred just before 8 p.m. on March 2. The first occurred when Delaurentis, driving south on South Henry Street in a white GMC pickup with a Wyoming license plate, ran a red light at the East Jenny Street intersection and crashed into a white Honda Accord.

Delaurentis left the scene and continued driving south for another block, where she ran a second red light at the West Thomas Street intersection and was struck by a black GMC pickup that had the green light.

Police arrived on scene and found Delaurentis bleeding from a head wound, with her 61-year-old uncle pinned in as a passenger. Officers wrote in their reports, contained in court files, that Delaurentis smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, and watery eyes, all signs of intoxication.

Delaurentis told paramedics at the scene that she had organ failure from drinking and prescription medications. Asked by police if she had recently consumed alcohol, Delaurentis said she had drunk two vodka mixed drinks, but due to her organ failure, her body was unable to process the alcohol well, court records show.

Paramedics placed Delaurentis in a neck brace, secured her to a cot, and took her to McLaren Bay Region hospital.

At 8:14 p.m., Delaurentis submitted to a preliminary Breathalyzer test, the results of which indicated her blood alcohol level was 0.25. A second such test administered at 8:38 p.m. showed her BAC was 0.23, court records show.

In Michigan, a person is considered intoxicated when their BAC reaches 0.08. A person is considered “super drunk” when their BAC hits 0.17.

In the first collision, the Honda Accord was driven by a 73-year-old woman and contained a 73-year-old man as a passenger. Both spoke with paramedics at the scene and were released.

The black GMC involved in the second crash was driven by a 45-year-old woman who was also hospitalized. She later told police she had been heading east on Thomas and had the green light when the collision occurred.

“I don’t remember seeing the other vehicle,” the woman told police. “I only remember the impact. my vehicle got spun around. I remember it was like a blur, so she must have been going fast.”

Delaurentis’ uncle, a Bay City man, was also hospitalized. He suffered a hip fracture and a bruise to his right lung, police reports state.

Records show Delaurentis was twice convicted of drunken driving offenses in Wyoming in May 2006 and April 2015. In 2020, she was arrested twice in Wyoming on drunken driving charges.

Delaurentis is still wanted in Wyoming for failing to report to serve her sentence on a drunken driving conviction.

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