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Luzerne County Woman Charged In DUI Crash

August 10, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Twp. woman was arraigned Thursday on charges alleging she was high and drunk when she crashed into a utility pole earlier this summer, seriously injuring two passengers. Brianna Lynn Dixon, 21, of 410 Hanover Village, is accused of crashing into a pole in the area of 130 E. Division St. around 8:15 p.m. June 29. A witness told police that her gray Volkswagen Jetta sped up behind him and began tailgating before passing him in the oncoming lane of traffic, according to the charges. The car began fishtailing and illegally passed another vehicle before crashing into the pole, police said. Officers arrived on scene to find a woman passenger lying on the ground in severe pain and another woman nearby with facial injuries, the charges say. One of them had a broken ankle and the other had a fractured nose requiring plastic surgery to repair, police said. Three other passengers reported being uninjured, while Dixon was bruised from the crash, according to police. Officers spoke to Dixon, who smelled of alcohol and had glossy eyes and slurred speech, the complaint alleges. Dixon admitted she had a suspended driver’s license and that she had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to getting behind the wheel, police said. Testing revealed Dixon had marijuana in her system as well as a blood-alcohol level of .14 percent, the charges allege. Police charged Dixon with aggravated assault by vehicle, causing an injury accident while her driver’s license was suspended, driving under the influence, reckless driving and speeding. Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer arraigned Dixon on the charges Thursday morning and set bail at $10,000 unsecured. However, court records show Dixon is still on probation after pleading guilty in February 2017 to charges of child endangerment, causing an injury accident while her driver’s license was suspended and driving under the influence. Dixon is due in county court today for a revocation hearing in that case. A preliminary hearing on the new charges was set for Aug. 28. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058