Tucson Woman Enters Plea Deal in DUI-Related Hit-And Run

A woman entered a plea deal for her involvement in a DUI-related hit-and-run.The Tucson Police Department confirmed recently that they had apprehended a woman in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left one person with significant injuries.

The woman, a 26-year-old Tucson resident, could face anywhere between five and more than 27 years in prison after she pled guilty to leaving the scene of the alleged crash, according to a report from The Arizona Daily Star.

The charges relate to an incident that reportedly occurred in October of 2010. Maralee Mendoza pled guilty to all charges that had been brought against her by the county. Mendoza, who was apparently driving the motor vehicle that hit the pedestrian last October, took a plea agreement in a case brought against her by the District Attorney.

Last October, Mendoza was reportedly driving near North First Avenue and East Prince Road. She is said to have struck a 19-year-old when operating her car, leaving the woman with severe injuries. Mendoza fled the scene of the alleged car accident, but she was stopped less than a mile away, according to the news provider, by a citizen.

After police arrived at the scene, they performed field sobriety tests on Mendoza. She was reported to have had a blood alcohol level higher than 0.20, according to court documents. In Arizona, the legal blood alcohol level for operating a motor vehicle is 0.08. Police would not comment on whether the pedestrian had decided to contact an injury attorney to file a civil suit against Mendoza.

Mendoza pled guilty to each of the charges filed against her, which included leaving the scene, two counts of aggravated assault and four counts related to driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Mendoza could receive probation or prison on the leaving the scene charge and one of the assault charges, both of which are felonies. The Associated Press reports the DUI-related charges are misdemeanors, and would therefore carry maximum sentences of up to six months in jail. They still would, though, run at the same time with any prison sentence a judge imposes on her.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Clark Munger is slated to sentence Mendoza on November 7.

Often, those who require medical attention after being hit by a car or other kind of vehicle will contact a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation.