Trial date set for Walla Walla teen in injury crash

Briseida M. Garcia is accused of drunken driving and vehicular assault in connection with an April 11 crash.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 17-year-old Walla Walla girl pleaded innocent this morning to three criminal charges stemming from a one-vehicle, injury collision in April on Sandpit Road.

Briseida M. Garcia, of 712 Edith Ave., is scheduled for trial Aug. 10 in the Juvenile Department of Walla Walla County Superior Court on two counts of vehicular assault and one count of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs.

Garcia is accused of driving under the influence, recklessly or with disregard for the safety of others when the wreck occurred about 1:30 a.m. April 11. Two passengers, Nina Pimentel and Araceli Negrete, reportedly suffered various injuries.

They told officials that "Garcia was going very fast, probably over 70, when she came to the "s" curve at the 1600 block," according to a Sheriff's Office report filed in court.

"She went onto the shoulder and then out into the field, rolling the vehicle several times," the report says.

Garcia allegedly told a deputy she had been the driver and had been drinking.

Garcia, who also was injured, is not being incarcerated pending the outcome of her case.

She also is accused of a separate crime, third-degree theft, for allegedly stealing merchandise worth $39 from Macy's in Walla Walla on June 10.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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