Jail officer arrested in fatal crash


A correctional officer who is accused of crashing her car into several parked cars early yesterday, killing the passenger in her car, was charged yesterday with driving while intoxicated and drug possession, officials said.

Shawnisha Lucas, 28, an officer at the Baltimore City Detention Center, was arrested after the 5 a.m. crash on Bloomingdale Road, police said.

The crash killed Lucas' passenger, 24-year-old Talia Lyles of Baltimore, who was thrown through the windshield of Lucas' Buick, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

A Breathalyzer test showed Lucas to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, according to charging documents. The legal limit in Maryland is 0.08 percent. Officers said they found a bag of marijuana in her car.

Lucas, of the 7100 block of Park Ave. in Baltimore, has been a correctional officer for the state's Division of Pretrial Detention and Services for about four months, division spokeswoman Barbara Cooper said. The division's commissioner will consider today whether to take personnel action against Lucas. She was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center in lieu of $300,000 bail last night.

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