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Sentencing Memo DUI Case

Sentencing Memo DUI Case

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CHAMICAADAMS,Defendant.SentencingDate:May13,2011GOVERNMENT'SMEMORANDUMINAIDOFSENTENCINGCOMESNOW,
theUnitedStates,byandthroughitsattorney,theUnitedStatesAttorneyfortheDistrictofColumbia,tosubmitthefollowinginformationinaidofsentencingintheabovecaptionedcase.1.OnWednesday,September8,2010atapproximately8:35p.m.,CharnicaAdamswasoperatinga2007DodgeCalibersouthboundon18
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Street,N.W.attheintersectionwithFloridaAvenue.Assheattemptedtomakealefthandtumatwhatappearedtobeahighrateofspeed,shefailedtonegotiatethe
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andmountedatrafficisland(Photo1and2).Onthatisland,fourindividuals,JuliaBachleitner,MelissaBasque,MoranStemandTheodoresRouxhadpausedtoawaitthewalksignal.AllfourwereforeignnationalswhowerestudentsatJohnsHopkinsSchoolforAdvanceInternationalStudies.Theywereontheirwaytodinnerafterclassestocelebratetheirreturntoschool.TheaccountgivenbyMr.StemandMr.Rouxischilling.Astheywaitedforthelight,thewhiteDodgecameintothelefttumwaytoofast.Thenextthingtheyknew,theheadlightsofthecarwereheadedstraightforthem.Althoughithappenedinaninstant,itseemedtobeinslow
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motion.Defendant'scarplowedthroughthegroupstrikingMsBachleitnerandMs.Basqueandsendingthemairborne.Thedefendant'scarthencontinuedovertheisland,throughatumlane,andcrashedintoanemptyrestaurantstorefront.Thedefendantwastakenfromthecar.Shereceivednoinjuries.Subsequently,shewasobservedwithastrongodorofalcoholicbeverageonherbreathandperson.Shewasplaceunderarrestandconsentedtotobreathtests.Theresultsofthesetestswere:..180and.178.ThetestwereadministeredattheThirdDistrictat
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:00p.m..DefendantalsoindicatedintoxicationoffieldsobrietytestsincludingtheHGN.Ms.BachleitnerwastransportedtoWashingtonHospitalCenter,Medstaringravecondition.ShewaskeptaliveonlifesupportforpurposesofallowingherparentstoarrivefromAustriabeforeadecisionwasmadeonwetherornottodisconnectthelifesupport.ShediedonSeptember14,2010.Shewas26yearsold.MsBasquewastakentoGeorgeWashingtonUniversityHospital.Shesufferedfacialfractures,lossofteeth,acompoundlegfracture,andaconcussionwithbleedingonthebrain.Shewashospitalizedforseveraldays.InvestigationrevealedthatthedefendanthadbeendrinkingataclubcalledtheDistrictat247318
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Street,N.W.TheGovernmentsecuredasecurityvideofrominsideoftheclubthatshowedthedefendanthavingseveraldrinksandstumblingasshelefttheclubalonemomentsbeforethecrash.Shelefttheclubalone.Defendantwasaloneinthecaratthetimeofthecrashandthecarisregisteredtothedefendant'sgrandmother.2.Althoughcounselclaimedatthetimeofthepleaofguiltyinthiscasethatthedefendanthadneverbeendrunkbeforeandthatshepassedout,thatfactsbeliethoseassertions.First,theclubcalledtheDistrictwasfamousforitsonepriceonlyhappyhour.Thatmeantthatforoneentrancepriceyou'dcoulddrinkasmuchasyouwanted.Thisisexactlywhatthedefendantdid.Itishard2
 
tobelievethatthedefendantcameintotheDistricttogotoaplacewhereyoucandrinkasmuchasyouwantandbelievedthatitwasokay.DefendantknewthatshehadtodrivebacktoMitchelville,Maryland.Whensheleftclub,shewasclearlyintoxicatedbutsheneverappearedtobelookingforanyone.Itsimpledidnotappearthather"designateddriver"hadabandonedher.Defendanthadanactivecellphonethatwasfoundonthefloorboardofthevehicleafterthecrash.Eventhoughtherewereninetyseparateusagesofthephonebetween6:00p.m.and7:22p.m.,therewerenocallsforassistanceingettinghometoMitchelvillearoundthetimethatthedefendantlefttheclub.Second,athree-quartersempty250milliliterbottleofGrandMarnierwasfoundinthegloveboxofthedefendant'scarafterthecrash.Certainly,thedefendantwasnotacompletestrangertodrinkinganddriving.Atthepleahearing,defendant'scounselstatedthatthedefendantgotintohercar,starteditupandpassedout.Thisagainisbeliedbythefactafterthecrashthedefendantemergefromhercarcursingandshoutinginabelligerentmanner.Sheobviouslywasnotpassedoutbutratherjustaverydrunkdriver.Witnessesonthescenestatedthatbeforethedefendantwasinpolicecustody,shewasscreamingandyelling.Shesaidwordstotheeffect:"Whatthefuckareyoudoingtome.Ididn'tdoanything.Whathappenedtomycar,etc."TheDefendantwasyoungbutnotsoyoungthatshewasunawareoftherisksthatshewastaking.OperatinganautomobileafterdrinkingasheavilyasthedefendanthadislikeplayingRussianRoulettebutputtingtheguntosomeoneelse'shead.Certainly,thechoicetodrivingwaspoorjudgementasaresultofthealcoholbutthat'snotanexcuse.Thedefendantputherselfinthepositionofhavingimpairedjudgementandmustbeheldaccountableforheractionsandtheconsequencesthereof.3.Ms.Bachleitner'sfamilymembersaredevastated.Hertwinsisterhasbecomephysically
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