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Gig Harbor woman pleads not guilty to vehicular assault in weekend DUI crash

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 7, 2012 at 9:32 am |
November 7, 2012 9:32 am

Bail was set at $50,000 for a Gig Harbor woman charged in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a man last weekend.

Starlyn Kuehlwein, 31, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to vehicular assault and failure to remain at the scene of an injury accident. Pierce County prosecutors said Kuehlwein was drunk when she crashed head-on into another vehicle Sunday on state Route 302/Purdy Drive Northwest.

Charging papers give this account:

A bartender at the tavern where Kuehlwein was drinking refused to keep serving her and tried to stop her from driving. Kuehlwein still drove out of the parking lot, crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Volvo. She then fled the scene and parked at a nearby hotel.

Her passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, including brain bleeding. He was unconscious and covered in blood when he was loaded into the ambulance.

Kuehlwein, who had ran back toward the tavern, was uncooperative with Washington State Patrol troopers but eventually admitted to the accident.

She asked the trooper “if it was bad to get two DUIs in one weekend.”

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