Woman pleads guilty to assault after 2014 crash

Woman pleads guilty to assault after 2014 crash

GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A woman accused of driving under the influence in a 2014 injury wreck that left four people injured in Graves County pleaded guilty to eight counts Monday.

Tabitha Wheeler pleaded guilty to four counts of assault in the second degree and four counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. She also entered a guilty plea to one count of bail jumping in the first degree, according to the Graves County Sheriff's Office.

Wheeler pleaded to serve a total of 20 years with 15 years for the assault and wanton endangerment charges and an additional five years for the bail jumping charge.

She was originally charged with four counts of assault in the first degree, four counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, operating a motor vehicle under the influence first offense, no operator's license, falsely reporting an incident and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

Deputies responded to a collision on KY 849 East near Dogwood on January 25, 2014.

Four people were seriously injured and taken to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee for treatment. 

The crash seriously injured Graves County teenager Corey Gentry and Boaz resident Timothy Farris. Wheeler's two child were also injured in the crash.

Deputies say Tabitha Wheeler was driving the vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Wheeler was released from custody in October of 2014 on a court monitoring program when she skipped bail and did not return for her next court appearance.

She was located in Texas by the US Marshals Service in April 2015 and returned back to Graves County.

Wheeler's final sentencing is set for December 15.

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