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Woman charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter in 2009 crash

PALM HARBOR — A 27-year-old woman was arrested Friday on two charges of DUI-manslaughter in connection with an August 2009 crash that killed a New Port Richey couple.

Michelle Marie Jensen was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Friday, then released shortly afterward on $40,000 bail.

An investigation found that Jensen was traveling at 83 mph on McMullen Booth Road in Palm Harbor when she collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Boot Ranch Boulevard, authorities said. Jensen's car hit the driver's side of the Camry, killing its occupants, Leigh Ann and Robert Hallett of New Port Richey.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers noted the odor of alcohol on Jensen after the crash. An analysis of two blood samples taken after the crash showed Jensen had a blood alcohol level between 0.09 and 0.11, an arrest warrant states. The state of Florida presumes impairment at 0.08.

Jensen was hospitalized with serious injuries after the crash.

Woman charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter in 2009 crash 01/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 7:04pm]
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