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JC woman charged with DUI in accident

By The Mercury

A woman was arrested Tuesday night on charges of driving under the influence and several other charges after her car crashed on East Chestnut Street in Junction City, sending a teen passenger to the hospital.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Tammy Patterson, 38, of Junction City, at about 7:30 p.m. was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix east in the 800 block of East Chestnut Street when she lost control of the car and struck a light pole.

According to the Highway Patrol’s accident report, the vehicle was traveling “at a high rate of speed.”

Elizabeth Ballenger, 15, also of Junction City, suffered injuries in the accident and was transported to Geary Community Hospital. Both Patterson and another passenger in the car, Michael Sledd, 22, of Junction City, reported possible injuries.

The report indicated Sledd was the only person in the car wearing a seat belt.

In addition to the DUI charge, state troopers arrested Patterson for reckless driving, failure to stop at an injury accident, driving without liability insurance, aggravated endangering a child and improper driving on a laned road.

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