Drunk driver jailed after hitting pedestrian in Buchanan

Published 9:08 am Tuesday, April 26, 2016

An Indiana woman who intentionally ran over a person with her vehicle after leaving a Buchanan bar will spend time in jail in addition to enrolling in a mental health treatment program.

Amber Marie Edwards, 25, of New Carlisle, was sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court to 100 days in jail and three years probation on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Amber Marie Edwards

Amber Marie Edwards

Judge Angela Pasula also ordered Edwards to successfully complete a mental health treatment program and advised her to get her drinking problem under control. Pasula said Edwards had a blood alcohol content of more than two times the legal limit at the time of the offense.

“You chose to hit this person because you were upset with them,” Pasula said.

The sentence stems from when police were dispatched to the City of Buchanan on a report of a hit-and-run of a pedestrian who was walking on Short Street March 13.

According to the police report, Edwards was found in her vehicle near the scene and arrested for operating while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

The victim told police he and Edwards had been in a previous dating relationship and that they were chatting together at the bar the night of the incident. Edwards ran over the victim shortly after the two left the bar, according to the police report, although it did not state why Edwards hit him.

The victim was taken to the hospital, but wasn’t seriously injured.

“Luckily the victim was not harmed more seriously when she hit him,” said Assistant Prosecutor Cortney O’Malley-Septoski.

Edwards apologized for her actions and said she is glad she has been given an opportunity to get help.

“That was a big wake-up call to me,” she said.

Also Monday:

• Adam Michael Smith, 48, of Elkhart, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation after a sting operation found him and co-defendant Josh Yocum in possession of stolen trailers. Yocum, 31, of Edwardsburg, was also sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation. Both can serve a portion of the jail sentence in the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP) and on tether.

• Jon David Watkins, 19, of Elkhart, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation for breaking into a Galien convenience store and stealing chocolate donuts and whiskey.

• Krystle Rose Carpenter, 28, of Niles, was sentenced to 90 days in KPEP and 15 months probation on one county of larceny from a person.