Pregnant woman hurt in DWI accident

Unborn child uninjured; 34-year-old man arrested Thursday

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002

A 22-year-old pregnant woman is expected to be released from the hospital today after being treated for injuries she suffered as a passenger in a car struck in an alleged drunken-driving accident downtown Thursday night.

The woman, whose name was not released, was treated for a blunt abdominal trauma and admitted to the Obstetrics unit of Bartlett Regional Hospital early today for observation, said hospital spokeswoman Marijo Toner. The woman is in good condition, Toner said, and the her unborn child sustained no apparent injury.

Joseph Gregory White, 34, was arrested for drunken driving shortly after the two-vehicle accident around 11:56 p.m.

According to court records, White's blood alcohol level around the time of the accident was 0.155 percent - almost double the legal limit of 0.08.

White was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and charged additionally with two counts of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for injuries incurred as a result of the accident.

Police said after talking to witnesses and those involved in the accident, they determined that White, driving a 1988 Toyota 4 Runner, failed to stop at a stop sign at Fourth Street crossing Franklin Street. Subsequently White's vehicle struck the front end of a 1991 Subaru Legacy, driven by a woman, 20, and carrying the 22-year-old passenger. The Toyota then rolled over and struck a second, parked vehicle, police said.

The driver and passenger of the Subaru were taken to Bartlett where the driver also was treated and released for minor injuries.

White's vehicle sustained $5,000 in damage, the Subaru sustained $3,000 in damage and a parked 1991 Chevy had $1,000 in damage.

If convicted on all charges, White could receive up to three years in jail, fines, and revocation or suspension of his license.

According to court records this is his first drunken-driving arrest.

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