HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County Police have confirmed that the woman who fled two crash scenes on Midlothian Turnpike Tuesday afternoon was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Henrico County just thirty minutes later. The vehicle she was driving was then involved in a third crash Wednesday.
Carolyn Miller was arrested by Henrico County Police Tuesday after she was pulled near the intersection of Parham Road and September Drive at about 6:30 p.m. She was charged with DWI, 1st offense, refusal to take blood/breath test and having an open alcohol container.
Miller spent the night in jail before bonding out Wednesday morning.
Then, at about 11:15 a.m., the same vehicle that Miller had driven during the Midlothian incidents and in which she was arrested in Henrico was involved in a third wreck.
This time, the crash happened on Route 288 southbound near West Creek Parkway in Goochland County. The red Chevy Blazer went over the guardrail.
Woman who fled 2 crash scenes arrested for DWI in Henrico County
Woman who fled 2 crash scenes arrested for DWI in Henrico County x
At this time, it is unclear who was driving the vehicle when it crashed, or if anyone was injured.
Police records show that Miller was previously convicted of speeding, and being drunk in public in Chesterfield County in 2015. She also has 5 misdemeanor assault convictions in Hanover County from an incident that happened in 2014.
We showed the whole video of the incident to legal expert Russ Stone including when the woman involved takes off and asked what if any charges Miller could face in Chesterfield.
“Based simply on what’s shown in the video what you clearly have there is somebody who has committed the felony of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury,” said Stone. “At that point once she’s committed that offense, that is something that the police would be able to arrest you for.”
Stone says it’s a serious enough charge to keep you in jail without bond. Police go after her but she gets away which stone says makes it difficult to charge her with DUI.
“What DUI means is that that substance is in your system at the time you were driving and the way that’s determined is by those tests,” said Stone.
As for the victims who tried to get her to stay and even took her purse so police had her ID Stone had this to say.
“Based on everything I saw in the video it appeared that those gentleman were behaving very reasonably,” said Stone. “I would be shocked if anybody wanted to charge them with any crime.”
Though stone says drivers should always use caution and wait for police in order to protect yourself from physical and legal trouble.
In the video the woman says she doesn’t believe she caused any accident. Stone says regardless of whether you believe you caused an accident or not, under the law you must remain at the scene.