Hanover Township woman, 21, charged with second DUI after crash

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township woman was arraigned Thursday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana in a crash that injured two people earlier this summer.

It’s the second time Brianna Lynn Dixon, 21, of Hanover Village, has been charged with DUI.

City police allege Dixon had a blood-alcohol level of .14 percent and marijuana in her system when she crashed in the area of 130 E. Division St. on June 29. The driving limit is .08.

Police said two passengers, Grace Culbertson, of Plymouth, and Amber Rosmell, of Wilkes-Barre, suffered serious injuries in the accident. Two other passengers were not injured.

Police said Dixon’s driving privileges were suspended due to a prior drunken driving crash that involved a child passenger at Brown and Holland streets, Wilkes-Barre, on Oct. 24, 2015. Dixon was 18 at the time.

When officers arrived at the crash at Brown and Holland streets, Dixon was attempting to remove a child from the wreckage, according to Times Leader archives.

Dixon pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, accidents involving injury and driving under the influence. She was sentenced to one year on probation in that case, court records say.

According to the latest criminal complaint:

Police responded to the crash on East Division Street and found a Volkswagen Jetta with severe front-end damage. Several people were lying on the ground.

Dixon told police she was driving the vehicle and lost control before colliding with a utility pole.

She had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her and exhibited glossy eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet.

Dixon claimed she consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana before operating her vehicle.

A witness told police he was driving on West Liberty Street and was passed by a Volkswagen at a high rate of speed that turned into oncoming traffic. The witness claimed the Volkswagen fish-tailed and drove around another vehicle before he lost sight and soon heard a crash.

Dixon was arraigned by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on multiple counts of DUI, and one count each of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, accidents involving injury, reckless driving and speeding. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Court records say Dixon is scheduled for a probation revocation hearing in county court on Friday.


By Ed Lewis

[email protected]