Woman Can Avoid Jail For Causing 6-Car Crash By Taking Intervention Program & Community Service
Doris Wass previously was convicted of driving while drunk
A 72-year-old woman was sentenced to 180 days in jail by Judge John Trebets Wednesday in Mentor Municipal Court for drunken driving and causing a 6-car crash .
But Doris Wass, who lives in Mentor, can avoid spending any time in jail if she takes advantage of some options the judge gave her.
First, Trebets suspended 175 days of Wass' sentence. Her 5-day jail stay is sentenced to begin October 17.
However, if Wass completes a community service requirement and a driver's intervention program, then she will not have to go to jail for those five days.
This is a common sentence for Trebets to give first-time drunken drivers, which Wass is.
Trebets also ordered Wass to seek treatment and after care for drinking, fined her $675 and suspended her driver's license for a year.
Trebets previously ordered Wass to pay restitution to the other drivers who were affected by the crash.
On March 26, Wass was driving south on Heisley just north of the intersection with Tyler Boulevard when she lost control of her Kia Forte, Mentor Police Sgt. Mike Majernik said after the crash.
First, Wass hit the curb on her right side. Then she swerved back and hit another car in the side. Next she drove between a Dodge Neon and Honda Civic, sideswiping them both, Majernik said.
Finally, her Forte rear ended a Chevrolet Silverado -- which was, in turn, pushed into a GMC Envoy, Majernik said.
Though nobody was seriously hurt in the crash, the drivers of the Neon and Civic were taken to TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township as a safety precaution.
Wass was uninjured.
She told police she drank half a beer before leaving her house, Majernik said.