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Woman Pleads Guilty To DUI Crash

February 20, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Twp. woman accused of crashing into a utility pole while high and drunk last summer, seriously injuring two passengers, pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal charges. Brianna Lynn Dixon, 21, pleaded guilty to a felony count of causing an injury accident while not properly licensed and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. accepted the plea and directed Dixon to be sentenced by video at a later date. The crash took place in the area of 130 E. Division St. around 8:15 p.m. July 29, 2018. Prosecutors said Dixon came up behind another vehicle and began fishtailing before passing it in the oncoming lane of traffic. After illegally passing a second vehicle, Dixon lost control and crashed into the pole, prosecutors said. Officers arrived on scene to find a woman passenger lying on the ground in severe pain and another woman nearby with facial injuries, prosecutors said. One of them had a broken ankle and the other had a fractured nose requiring plastic surgery to repair. Three other passengers reported being uninjured, while Dixon was bruised from the crash, according to prosecutors. Police alleged Dixon smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. She admitted she had a suspended driver’s license and she had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to getting behind the wheel, prosecutors said. Testing revealed Dixon had marijuana in her system as well as a blood-alcohol level of .14 percent, the charges allege. Sklarosky ordered Dixon remanded to the state Department of Corrections pending evaluation for the State Intermediate Punishment program, which provides drug and alcohol treatment for low-level offenders. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058