North Pole woman wins new trial in DUI case

Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has awarded a new trial for a 52-year-old North Pole woman who claims she only drove drunk to escape a violent ex-boyfriend.

Four years ago, a jury convicted Jennifer Greenwood of felony driving under the influence of alcohol after Alaska State Troopers found her waiting in her van about a mile from the camper where she had been living.

In reversing the conviction, the court ruled Friday that because Greenwood's former boyfriend had hit her dog with a 2-by-4, there was a "foundation for a reasonable belief" that she was not safe waiting in a dark car.

The opinion orders the judge at Greenwood's next trial to instruct the jury on the necessity defense.

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