Woman charged in DUI murder of motorcyclist says she was the designated driver
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman told police she was the designated driver the night she allegedly drove drunk and killed someone.
27-year-old Jane Watts was arraigned Monday on murder, DUI and wanton endangerment charges.
Watts is accused of killing 27-year-old Micah Milburn. He was driving his motorcycle, when Watts allegedly turned into his path. It happened around 3 a.m. Saturday near Second Street and Broadway.
Watts' arrest report says police noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath. It also shows she told police she was the designated driver but said she had been drinking earlier in the evening. Officers did field tests to see if Watts was drunk before arresting her. The arrest report also says Watts agreed to a blood test.
In court Monday morning, prosecutors said her blood alcohol was over .19, but District Court Judge Amber Wolf agreed to cut her bond in half.
"I do believe that as this is not even alleged to be an intentional act that she doesn't really present as much of a danger as we would normally consider on a murder charge so a $50,000 bond I think is going to be an appropriate bond to HIP if posted," Wolf said.
Watts' bond was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000. If she can post bond, she will be released on home incarceration, but she will not be allowed to drive. Watts will be back in court next month.
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