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Woman charged in deaths of LMPD officer and another man had finished DUI classes this month

Posted: Updated: Oct 31, 2016 06:23 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Lexington woman accused of killing a Louisville Metro Police officer and another man in a drunken driving wreck Saturday had just completed court-ordered alcohol driver education classes earlier this month, according to court records.

On Oct. 6, Suzanne Whitlow, 26, was issued a certificate of compliance for finishing classes required for a 2014 DUI, in which her driver's license was suspended for 45 days and she was ordered to pay fines and court costs of more than $700. 

Whitlow had been pulled over on Aug. 1, 2014 for driving 22 miles per hour over the speed limit with a blood alcohol level of .10, slightly above the legal limit of .08, according to court records.  After initially failing to appear for court, Whitlow was ordered to attend DUI classes in July. The case is still listed as pending in court records. 

About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Whitlow lost control of her vehicle on Upper Street in Lexington and hit LMPD Detective Jason Schweitzer and Timothy Moore, a 56-year-old University of Kentucky employee.

Whitlow has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. She is still hospitalized and has not been brought to jail yet.

Besides the DUI two years ago, Whitlow was arrested on felony forgery charges in 2009 and pleaded guilty the next year. She was sentenced to time in prison but was given five years probation instead.

In November 2009, Whitlow was convicted of misdemeanor theft for shoplifting at a Walmart in Lexington and spent three days in jail.

In 2014, Whitlow was accused of violating her probation but did not come back to court until January of this year, when she was charged with driving on a suspended license. She was convicted of that charge. 

Whitlow was ordered to serve 90 days in jail and given work release.

Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts refused to talk about Whitlow's past cases. 

On her Facebook page, Whitlow put up a post last December that she said was "replacing my heart with another liver so I can drink more and care less." 

The wreck  happened around 2:30 a.m., according to Lexington Police spokesperson Brenna Angel. That's when officers were called to South Upper Street near Bolivar Street on a report of an injury collision.

Investigators say Whitlow was driving on Upper Street when she lost control of the vehicle and hit Det. Schweitzer and another pedestrian. It's unclear what caused Whitlow to lose control of the vehicle.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where they later died. 

Detective Schweitzer began working for the Jefferson County Police Department in November of 2001. He was a detective in LMPD's 6th Division. Schweitzer, 37, was also the vice president of the River City FOP Lodge 614. He began serving in that role in 2010.

Friends say Schweitzer's wife is pregnant with the couple's second child.

Schweitzer's visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 1 - 8 p.m. with an FOP service at 7 p.m. at the Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home in East Louisville on Shelbyville Road. 

Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church. 

Kentucky officials from Louisville and Lexington released statements sharing their condolences to Schweitzer's family and LMPD. 

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