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Drunk driver wrecks twice in 10 minutes


A woman was charged twice with drunk driving by officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department following two crashes over about a 10-minute span Wednesday.

Terry Stockton, 51, of 214 Pratt St., Apt. 4, reportedly crashed her sport utility vehicle into a car operated by Charles Strickland, of Bellefontaine, who was attempting to exit the parking lot of the Knowlton Library, 220 N. Main St., about 7:29 p.m.

According to reports, the female suspect provided Mr. Strickland with her contact and insurance information, but left the scene before police arrived.

At 7:39 p.m., Ms. Stockton again crashed her SUV, this time into a car operated by Robert Bradley Jr., 34, of 221 Powell St., at the intersection of Brown Avenue and north Detroit Street.

Following the second crash, Ms. Stockton reportedly left quickly and returned a short time later with the owner of the vehicle she was driving, James E. Kline, 60, of 216 Oakland Square, whom she later tried to convince police was driving the SUV.

Ms. Stockton was taken to the police station and administered a breath test where her blood-alcohol content registered at .134.

In addition to two charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, the suspect was charged twice with driving under suspension and also with failure to control and failure to stop at a stop sign. She has two previous OVI convictions in the last 20 years, police report.

Mr. Kline was cited for wrongful entrustment of a motor vehicle because he admitted to knowing Ms. Stockton did not have a valid operator’s license.

Mr. Bradley, the motorist struck in the latter collision, was issued a citation for driving under suspension.

No one was injured in either crash.

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