Woman charged with assault following Douglas Highway crash

A woman faces drunken driving and assault charges after a motor vehicle crash on Douglas Highway on Saturday afternoon, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Mellissa Derr allegedly drove a full-size truck across the center line on the road and collided with a second vehicle driven by a 65-year-old woman.

Capital City Fire and Rescue and JPD responded to the wreck after receiving a report shortly after 1 p.m., the release states. The 65-year-old woman went to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where her injuries were treated and she was later released.

Derr was arrested for driving while intoxicated and taken to JPD headquarters, the hospital and eventually to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. She faces charges of third-degree assault, a class ‘C’ felony, and driving while intoxicated, a class ‘A’ misdemeanor.

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash, which closed one lane of Douglas Highway for about an hour, the release states.


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