Defendant Steven Walls, 42, of Lamar, Miss., pled guilty to vehicular assault and driving under the influence, his third DUI, in Criminal Court on Thursday. Judge James Lammey Jr. also revoked his driver’s license for six years.
The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2016, when Walls’s pickup truck was traveling south in the northbound lane of State Route 385 near Brunswick Road in north Shelby County.
Investigators said Walls’ pickup struck the woman’s Honda Accord head-on, causing her serious injuries and requiring the efforts of multiple first-responders to extricate her from her heavily damaged vehicle.
Officers said Walls had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and that tests later showed his blood alcohol content to be .139. A BAC of .08 is considered proof of intoxication.
A third-offense DUI carries a maximum of 11 months and 29 days incarceration, while vehicular assault in this case carried two to four years.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Sam Winnig of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Unit whose members work with local law enforcement seeking to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities and injuries.
Task Force prosecutors also conduct training sessions to update law enforcement officers on changes in traffic and DUI laws.