Driver in New Year's Day crash sent to jail
A woman who pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation has been ordered to serve 45 days in jail.
Latisha Kay Marx, now 21, admitted she was drunk when the car she was driving crashed last year, injuring four passengers in her vehicle.
She pleaded guilty Feb. 6 in Olmsted County District Court to four counts — one felony and three gross misdemeanors — of criminal vehicular operation-alcohol concentration .08 or more within 2 hours of driving. In exchange for the pleas, two additional felonies, six gross misdemeanors and two misdemeanor counts were dismissed.
Marx was also placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, which she may satisfy by attending 100 hours of Alcoholics Anonymous. She was given credit for two days served in jail.
Marx lost control of her westbound vehicle about 1:40 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013, in the 900 block of Elton Hills Drive. An eastbound vehicle then struck the passenger side of Marx's vehicle. Four passengers in her vehicle suffered injuries ranging from bruising to a dislocated hip, split lip and concussions.
A report from the Minnesota Criminal Bureau of Apprehension indicated Marx's blood alcohol level to be 0.11 percent about 90 minutes after the accident.