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December 16, 2012

Driver on meth gets unique probation

By CHRISTIN COYNE

ccoyne@weatherforddemocrat.com

A Granbury woman who severely injured a Weatherford motorcyclist last year and fled the scene while high on methamphetamine received a unique probation sentence Thursday.

Alicia Anne Mitchell, 31, pleaded guilty before a visiting judge last month to charges of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, possession of a controlled substance, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams, and failure to stop and render aid regarding the June 2, 2011 incident in Weatherford.

Addressing issues raised during testimony at her punishment trial Thursday, 43rd District Judge Trey Loftin gave Mitchell 10 years probation and placed certain conditions on her, including requirements to serve 30 straight days in jail, spend two months without electronics after her release, refrain from coaching students for 18 months and write letters admitting what she did to her family, other community members and the local newspaper.

“We had hoped for a prison sentence but Judge Loftin certainly gave a difficult probation to Ms. Mitchell,” Swain said.

Mitchell, driving a car westbound near the intersection of East Park Avenue and College Park Drive around 4 p.m., reportedly struck a stopped motorcycle and the 24-year-old rider from behind.

The man flipped over the car and landed on the pavement behind the vehicle, police said at the time.

Mitchell’s bumper remained stuck to the motorcycle, and police were able to obtain and broadcast a basic description of the vehicle from the license plate that was left behind. The Weatherford Fire Department, responding to the call, stopped Mitchell in the 600 block of Waco Street.

Bags of methamphetamine labeled with prices in the vehicle were reportedly found.  She was taken to the hospital and had a mandatory blood draw for analysis, which showed a significant amount of methamphetamine in her system, Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said.

The victim was transported to a hospital in Fort Worth for a serious head injury.

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