Bail reduced for Carroll woman with history of drunken driving

November 29, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 42-year-old Sykesville woman charged Tuesday for the 10th time on drunken-driving counts had her bail reduced yesterday and promised to enter an alcohol treatment program.

Brenda Lee Sawyer, of the 4700 block Bartholow Road, had been held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bail, on nine charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to remain at an accident scene where both an injury and property damage occurred.

State police said she fled into nearby woods after the minivan she was driving struck a marked state police car in Eldersburg.

A District Court commissioner found Sawyer to be a danger to herself and others in setting the original bail.

Yesterday in Carroll County District Court, Assistant State's Attorney Maria L. Oesterreicher asked that bail be set higher.

District Court Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones said Sawyer has a right to reasonable bail and had never failed to appear for a court date. The judge reduced bail to $10,000 and ordered Sawyer to report for random alcohol testing.

Sawyer has eight convictions in Montgomery County for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol, and she was released Nov. 8 from the Carroll County Detention Center after serving most of a six-month sentence on her ninth conviction, driving under the influence in February 2000.

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