A local mail carrier spent a brief period of time behind bars last week after an accident led to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs.
Patricia Lynn Lane, 48, of Paterson was entering Douglas Lane from a private drive last Tuesday when her 2004 Chevy Aveo partially entered oncoming traffic and struck the left front of a 2005 Ford Expedition driven by Sarah Kay Williams, 28, of Hoboken.
Williams’s vehicle, which was transporting several children ranging from 3 to 9 years old at the time of the accident, continued another 31 feet before coming to a controlled rest on the east edge of the road. The accident also knocked Lane’s Aveo back 12 feet.
Lane was charged with failure to yield, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving under the influence of drugs upon inspection by law enforcement who said in a report that she refused a legal blood draw. No one was injured in the accident according to a report filed by Terry Thrift and all occupants of Williams’s vehicle were wearing restraints or were in booster seats when the accident occurred.
Lane was driving a car designated as a U.S. Postal Carrier vehicle at the time of the accident.
Lane was released on $1,161 bond for the three misdemeanor charges from the Brantley County Jail 40 minutes after booking.