Prosecutor Woman accused in fatal hitandrun has history of DUI

first_imgA Vancouver woman who police suspect was driving under the influence during an alleged hit-and-run crash Saturday night that killed a pedestrian has a nearly decade-long history of driving drunk.Prosecutors say Jessica Lyn Bankhead has three prior DUI convictions — in 2004, 2006 and 2011 between Washington and Oregon — and an ignition interlock device violation in 2016.Bankhead, 35, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in death in connection with a crash that killed 44-year-old Richard Waller of Vancouver.Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said it’s likely the prosecution will also file charges of second-degree driving with a suspended license and an interlock ignition device violation, both misdemeanors.Vancouver defense attorney Chris Ramsay, who is representing Bankhead, called 911 on her behalf Sunday morning to report that she wanted to turn herself in. Ramsay would not identify Bankhead over the phone to authorities but arranged to have detectives meet at his office, according to an affidavit of probable cause.When Bankhead spoke with detectives, she allegedly admitted to being the driver of the 1988 Nissan Pathfinder that struck and killed Waller, the affidavit states.last_img

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