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.

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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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