An Orient woman was charged on Friday, Feb. 7, with four counts of vehicular assault, stemming from a January 2013 crash on state Route 29.
Tammy L. Jewell, 33, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Madison County Common Pleas Magistrate Lauren Kimmel appointed Thomas Arrington to represent Jewell at an April 22 trial. Jewell remains in Tri-County Regional Jail under a $7,500 bond. She will be on house arrest if bond is posted.
Jewell was indicted in August 2013 for allegedly driving intoxicated on Jan. 30, 2013 into the path of a tractor-trailer rig that was northbound on state Route 29. Jewell was exiting westbound Interstate 70 at the time.
Jewell’s husband and three children, ages 11, 9 and 10 months, were in the vehicle, a report said.
The husband, who was allegedly wanted on an open warrant, caught a ride on a passing FedEx truck and fled.
Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene to find the children injured and Jewell appearing impaired.
Jewell refused breath and urine tests. The children were taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Court documents showed the woman was on probation for possessing fake drugs in Franklin County at the time of the crash. She has a lengthy history of theft and drug-related convictions.
Also on Friday, Mineau A.R. Easterling, 28, of Reynoldsburg, was charged in common pleas court with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle in December.
Judge Eamon Costello appointed Jennifer Hitt to represent Easterling at an April 15 trial. Easterling is currently free after posting a $5,000 cash or surety bond.
He was arrested about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 25, 2013 in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70.
An officer initially stopped Easterling for speeding, then spotted a loaded Ruger handgun on the vehicle’s console. The gun was reported stolen in Texas. Easterling’s former address is in San Antonio, Texas.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.