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NC woman gets 4 years for DWI convictions

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A western North Carolina resident is facing four years in prison for a pair of driving while impaired convictions.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 27-year-old Jesica Simonds pleaded guilty to the DWI charge Thursday and received a 2-year sentence. That will be served at the end of a 2-year sentence she’s already serving stemming from a DWI conviction in Haywood County.

Simonds was arrested in April in Buncombe County after a N.C. Highway Patrol trooper stopped her and found she was visibly impaired. A blood test showed she had prescription painkillers and marijuana in her blood.

As Simonds awaited the results of her blood test, she crashed into a woman’s car in Waynesville in July. The woman remains in rehabilitation after suffering multiple injuries.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,