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Woman gets 15 years in I–20 wreck

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By Patrick Yost editor

A Columbia, S.C. woman who struck a tow truck operator on Interstate 20 in April pled guilty last week to one count of DUI and one count serious injury by vehicle. Gladys Patricia McDaniel, 54, was sentenced to 15 years with three years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. On April 20 Scott Youngblood, the president and co-owner of Youngblood Motors in Madison, was attempting to remove a vehicle from the westbound lane of Interstate 20. Earlier reports state that two Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy vehicles were blocking the right hand lane with blue lights activated moments before the 10:30 p.m. wreck. Georgia State Patrol reports state that McDaniel moved over to avoid the patrol cars but then pulled back into the right hand lane. The mirror on her 2010 Jeep Compass struck Youngblood on the face, breaking his jaw and knocking out several teeth. Youngblood’s wrecker, GSP reports state, was off the road with its emergency lights activated. McDaniel travelled another 800 feet before stopping in the emergency lane. At the time she told a trooper that she thought she had a flat tire and was stopping to check on the damage. The trooper said her voice was slow and slurred and that she had urinated herself.

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