SOMERSET — The Thornville woman who crashed into three Knox County motorcyclists last month while they were taking part in the Farmstead Poker Run, a fundraiser for Hospice of Knox County, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence at her pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Perry County Municipal Court.
It was the third DUI conviction for Marianne Brocksmith, 45, who was also charged with driving while under suspension, driving left of center and failing to wear a seat belt. In return for her DUI guilty plea, the other charges were dismissed. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended provided she abides by all terms of the sentencing. Brocksmith was ordered into a drug and alcohol abuse program at the Stanton Villa Treatment Center in New Lexington, after which she will serve her 20-day jail sentence. She was also fined $750 plus court costs, banned from driving for a year and placed under two years of court supervision.
The accident took place on Aug. 18, along Copper Penny Road near Buckeye Lake. Brocksmith’s car crossed the center line and clipped the Harley-Davidsons ridden by John and Mary Jane Alberts of Mount Vernon and Brett Stewart of Fredericktown. Both motorcycles crashed and sustained major damage, but the riders walked away without injury. Brocksmith’s previous DUI convictions were in 2003 and 2007.