Crime

Lakebay woman charged in crash that hurt her child

A Lakebay woman is accused of driving drunk and hurting her 7-year-old child when she lost control of her SUV and it rolled eight times.

Carrie Bacon, 38, is charged with vehicular assault and reckless endangerment. She was arrested Wednesday after she failed to appear in court Nov. 19, according to court records.

Court records did not list an attorney for Bacon.

Charging papers give this account:

Bacon was traveling along Key Peninsula Highway North about 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 when her SUV left the road on a curve at Van Beek Road. She overcorrected as the SUV came back onto the highway and the vehicle rolled eight times.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrived and found Bacon outside the SUV, while her 5-year-old and 7-year-old children were inside. The 7-year-old suffered a broken leg. Bacon’s hand was injured.

Bacon smelled faintly of alcohol, and had trouble telling the deputy who spoke with her what direction she had been driving. The deputy arrested her after a field sobriety test and arranged for her to have her blood tested for alcohol at the hospital.

A legal decision required another search warrant while the investigation was going on. The Sheriff’s Department got the warrant in September for a retest.

The second test showed Bacon’s blood-alcohol content was about 0.16 at the time of the wreck, double the legal limit of 0.08.

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