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Woman pleads guilty to accident which left Sheriff hurt

WELLSBURG, W.Va. — A woman who struck a West Virginia sheriff with her vehicle pleaded guilty to a DUI charges in Brooke County.

Tess Haynes

Tess Haynes, 27, entered th plea to DUI causing bodily injury Friday in Brooke Count Circuit Court. She was impaired August 9, 202 when she struck Brooke County Sheriff Richard Beatty on Route 22. Beatty was involved with traffic control stemming from a broken down semi.

The Sheriff suffered a crack in his spine as a result of

the accident.

Prosecutors say evidence showed Haynes was under the influence of methamphetamine and fentanyl at the time of the accident.

She was sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison, fined $1,000, and had her driver’s license revoked for five years.

Haynes will be admitted into an addiction program in prison. The judge in the case indicated if she successfully completed the program she would be able to seek a reduced sentence at a later time.

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