A Criminal Court jury on Thursday convicted Rhonda Jeanne Warner after deliberating for less than an hour. She will be sentenced May 6 by Judge Bobby Carter.
Warner, 45, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2014, after an off-duty Memphis police officer saw her driving erratically while northbound on U.S. Highway 51 approaching Millington.Her speed varied from 35 mph to 55 mph and then back to 35 mph, and when anyone attempted to pass, Warner swerved into the passing lane to block them, the officer reported to a Millington dispatcher. Soon, a long line of cars was behind her.
Warner was arrested by Millington officers on Navy Road after she had gone through a Taco Bell and continued to drift between lanes of traffic.They testified that Warner appeared to be drunk and that they found a nearly empty bottle of whisky in her car along with a cup of ice with a brown liquid that smelled like whisky.
The case was handled by Billy Bond, chief prosecutor of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force that seeks to reduce DUI-related fatalities and injuries in Shelby County.
Task force prosecutors conduct training sessions to keep law enforcement officers updated on new laws pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles.