WALLA WALLA -- A woman who was driving under the influence of alcohol and struck two people riding a motorcycle in College Place last September was led from a Superior Court courtroom Monday afternoon to start serving a sentence of a year-and-a-day in prison.
Cally Ann Schneider, 58, was ordered to serve the low end of the standard range for two counts of vehicular assault. The maximum she could have received based on the range is 14 months.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Donald W. Schacht went along with a prosecution recommendation.
Schacht gave Schneider credit for the nine days she spent in the County Jail from when she was arrested after the crash until bail was posted.
Schacht also placed her on 18 months of community custody, a form of probation, after her release from prison. She also will have to pay nearly $2,800 in costs and fees, in addition to an as-yet undetermined amount of restitution to the victims.
In a statement to Schacht before he imposed the sentence, Schneider offered her sincere apologies to those she injured and said she thanked God they are both alive.
Her attorney, Gail Siemers, added that Schneider has a "very bad alcohol problem," is taking steps to address it and will "wholeheartedly" pursue treatment -- which is a requirement of the sentence.
"She's cried buckets over this because she feels so horrible," Siemers said.
"She's repenting over and over again in her mind."
Although Schneider -- who has no previous felony convictions -- has had to relocate her mother for care, and has lost her home and her job at the Whitman College library, she is determined to rebuild her life, Siemers concluded.
Schneider, of 204 S.E. Fourth St. in College Place, pleaded guilty Jan. 17, admitting she drove a sport utility vehicle while under the influence when the wreck occurred at South College Avenue and Sunny Drive about 3:55 p.m. Sept. 18.
A police officer who arrived at the scene saw that the SUV had struck the motorcycle and gone over the top of it, according to a police report filed in court.
A female witness reportedly said she saw the SUV veer into the oncoming lane of travel and, afterward, saw two riders of the motorcycle rolling on the street.
The riders, Alan J. Parker and Sanjuana Y. Page, suffered various injuries. They were taken by ambulance to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment.
After the crash, the officer reportedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Schneider. She submitted to a portable breath analysis, which resulted in a reading of .209 -- more than twice the legal limit in Washington state.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.