North Carolina woman arrested for felony hit-run and DWI
A North Carolina woman who was charged July 22 with underage drinking apparently has not yet appeared in court on the alcohol offense. However, the woman has now turned 21-years-old. The underage alcohol offense statutes generally do not provide much legal leeway. Underage alcohol offenses are taken seriously in North Carolina. Any criminal offense filed against a person age 16 or older is brought in adult court.
The woman accused of the underage alcohol offense was released in July after her arrest after she promised to appear in court on the underage drinking offense. She is now, however, facing more serious alcohol related charges on recent allegations. The woman, now 21-years-old, is facing felony hit and run and DWI charges after she was allegedly in an accident with a pedestrian Saturday in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Police say that a 28-year-old woman was walking along a street in west Charlotte around 4:00 Saturday morning. Authorities say that a hit-and-run driver struck the woman, seriously injuring her. Police claim that the 21-year-old woman was the driver who fled the scene of the accident.
Law enforcement claims that the 21-year-old was driving a Buick that was involved in the hit-and-run accident. Police found the woman about a mile from the accident scene in a hotel parking lot. Authorities say that damage on the Buick is consistent with having been in an accident.
The young woman was reportedly booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail on the DWI and felony hit-run charges. The woman posted bond and has been released pending future court appearances.
Source: Q city metro, “Woman seriously injured in W.Charlotte hit and run,” Glenn Burkins, Aug. 11, 2012