July 25, 2016

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Probation, alcohol monitoring punishment for causing drunken crash

Somsamai Yaskowiak

Somsamai Yaskowiak

A 33-year-old Medina woman accused of sending a friend to a hospital after drunkenly crashing her vehicle in December, has been placed on three years’ probation.

Somsamai Yaskowiak, of the 300 block of Springbrook Drive, pleaded guilty in May to a count of aggravated vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony. She faced up to 1½ years in prison.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said Thursday said he didn’t think a prison sentence was appropriate because the man who was injured asked for leniency.

The judge also barred Yaskowiak from having or consuming alcohol and placed her on six months of alcohol monitoring, including a monitoring bracelet. He said he’d review that part of the sentence halfway through.

Kimbler warned her not to violate the terms of probation.

“If she violates, she’s looking at a one-year prison sentence,” he said.

Yaskowiak was arrested about 2 a.m. Dec. 29. She was traveling east on East Liberty Street in Medina and passing through an intersection when she sideswiped a utility pole.

Her passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported to Medina Hospital.

Yaskowiak refused an alcohol breath test, but police reported a blood test indicated she was intoxicated.

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