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Union Woman Charged With DUI, Child Endangerment

Daniel Prince

Woman involved in a couple of hit-and-run accidents prior to arrest

A Union woman was arrested by the Union Public Safety Department and charged with DUI and child endangerment. On Monday morning around 7:37 a.m., Sgt. David Lee was dispatched to the intersection of North Duncan Bypass and Toney Road for an accident. When he arrived on scene, he only saw one vehicle on the side of the road. He spoke to a woman in the car who stated that she was crossing over the bypass on Toney Road and did not see a vehicle traveling south on the bypass, and she struck the side of the vehicle. She said that vehicle, a brown-colored truck, then left the scene.

A couple of hours later, a different woman, identified as 39-year-old Terri Melinda Osborne, called Public Safety Headquarters reporting that she was in an accident at the intersection near McDonalds. She stated the other vehicle struck her and drove away. She said she pulled into the Walmart parking lot for about 10 minutes and then left and went home. She was asked to come to Public Safety Headquarters, but she never showed up.

Around 11:30, Sgt. Lee went to Osborne’s address on Lover’s Lane Road to try and speak with her. A teenage male opened the door and told him that Osborne had left to go to Heart’s to get food and that she was possibly under the influence. Lee then went to Hearts, where he saw a brownish/burgundy-colored truck pulling out of the parking lot. The truck had damage to the area that matched the description of the earlier hit-and-run. He stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Terri Osborne. Lee could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Osborne. When she tried to close her driver’s side door, he saw that she almost fell. He asked her how much she had to drink, and she stated she had two beers. Lee performed a field sobriety test on Osborne and determined that she was under the influence of alcohol. She was placed under arrest and her vehicle was towed. At the Public Safety Headquarters, she gave a breath sample of .22. She was charged with DUI and child endangerment, because she had her child in the vehicle.

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