IRON MOUNTAIN - A Quinnesec woman accused of hitting and injuring a road construction worker while driving drunk has accepted a plea deal on lesser charges.
Andrea Drawski, 32, was in Dickinson County District Court Friday to enter no contest pleas to misdemeanor counts of failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident and operating with a high blood alcohol content.
Drawski's defense attorney Michael Scholke explained that she was entering no contest pleas instead of guilty pleas, due to the potential for civil liability.
Andrea Drawski, left, appears for a plea hearing Friday in Dickinson County District Court with her defense attorney Michael Scholke. Drawski will be sentenced on misdemeanor charges of failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident and operating with a high blood alcohol content on Aug. 21.
Pursuant to the plea deal, Dickinson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carl Downing agreed to dismiss
a more serious felony count of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.
If Drawski had been convicted of the felony, she could have faced five years in prison.
Convictions on the misdemeanors will only result in county jail time. The failure to stop charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail, and the high blood alcohol content charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail.
Dickinson County District Court Judge Christopher Ninomiya scheduled sentencing in the matter for Aug. 21.
The charges against Drawski stem from a July 10 incident in Quinnesec.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, a Michigan State Police trooper on patrol witnessed Drawski's vehicle hit a road construction worker on U.S. 2 near Third Street.
At the time of the incident, that area of U.S. 2 was under construction as part of a resurfacing project headed by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The trooper reported that the crash occurred within the fully-marked construction zone, and that the victim, identified as 54-year-old Kenneth Thompson of Saginaw, Mich., was wearing full reflective gear.
Thompson fell to the ground and sustained injuries to his neck, hip, elbow, and abdomen, the complaint stated. He was treated for his injuries at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital and released.
The trooper pulled over Drawski's vehicle about a half-mile from the scene.
According to the complaint, she exhibited several signs of intoxication and could not successfully complete any of the field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test estimated her blood alcohol content at .22.
On Friday, Downing informed the court that blood test results are not yet available.
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