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Authorities accuse St. Petersburg woman of child abuse in DUI crash

ST. PETERSBURG — A 24-year-old woman is accused of child abuse after authorities say she drove under the influence, ran a red light and struck another vehicle while a 3-year-old girl was inside, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

St. Petersburg police said Amanda Lee Marcotte of St. Petersburg was driving erratically when she ran a red light and T-boned a vehicle at 38th Avenue N and 49th Street N about 10 p.m. Monday.

Deputies said Marcotte sped off from the crash scene to 4926 31st St. N, where she and passenger Dawn Gayle Francett, 21, got out of the van with the girl.

With the girl in tow, deputies said the two women jumped fences and ran through various front and back yards in an attempt to elude arrest.

Deputies eventually caught both women and detained them, and Marcotte said she was driving.

Authorities say two Breathalyzer tests found her blood-alcohol level at 0.130 percent and 0.128, above the threshold of 0.08 at which the state presumes a driver is impaired.

Marcotte faces charges of child abuse, DUI, loitering and prowling, and driving with a suspended license. She was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.

Francett faces a charge of loitering and prowling and also was being held in the jail. Her bail had not yet been set.

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Authorities accuse St. Petersburg woman of child abuse in DUI crash 01/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 3:13pm]
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