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W.Va. woman is charged with DUI, leaving the scene

March 03, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., woman has been charged with hitting a pedestrian while driving drunk and then leaving the scene, police said.

Rita Mae Baugher, 45, of 860 Kearneysville Pike, was charged with second-offense DUI, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and DUI causing injury. The charges are all misdemeanors.

Sgt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said the collision happened Sunday at the intersection of Grapevine Road and W.Va. 9, east of Martinsburg.

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When Harmison arrived he spoke to the victim, Tevis Winston, who said he had been hit by a car but did not remember anything else, according to records filed in Magistrate Court. Winston's left leg and shoulder were injured, Harmison said.

Three witnesses gave police a license plate number and said the car that had hit Winston had a broken windshield. Police traced the car and found Baugher in the Fox Glen housing development off W.Va. 9.

Baugher and a passenger told police the man jumped across the hood of their car, records state.

Baugher's breath smelled like alcohol, she had a hard time walking and had bloodshot eyes, records allege. She told police that she had been drinking before the accident, records allege.

At the sheriff's department, Baugher failed three field sobriety tests and registered a .16 on an Intoxilyzer test, records allege.

In November 1999, Baugher pleaded no contest to a DUI charge in Jefferson County, Harmison said.

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