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Wrong-way driver gets home detention


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A Greenwood woman who police said drove the wrong way on Interstate 74 last year and crashed into a truck will not serve any time in prison.

Margaret Tinsley, 21, pleaded guilty to a felony criminal mischief charge and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a person.

Police said Tinsley drove east on I-74 in Boone County in the westbound lanes and may have traveled as far as 9 miles into 70 mph traffic. Tinsley’s car crashed head-on into a semitrailer, which was carrying office furniture, at about 2:45 a.m. July 24. A blood test showed

Tinsley’s blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent, or more than twice the legal limit to be considered too intoxicated to drive, according to court records.

A Boone County judge last week sentenced Tinsley to serve one year on home detention and two years on probation. She would serve the sentence in prison if she broke the rules of her home detention and probation sentences.

The judge also ordered Tinsley to pay up to $850 in fines, court costs, administrative fees and for alcohol treatment.

As part of her sentence, she is required to complete a drug and alcohol counseling and treatment program. Her driver’s license also will be suspended for 90 days.

Under the agreement, the court dismissed charges of operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more, public intoxication and illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.

The driver of the truck Tinsley hit, Donald Bentley, 59, of Lenoir, N.C., received medical treatment at the scene of the accident but did not go to a hospital.

His truck caught fire, and the crash caused more than $2,500 in damage, the police report said. A blood test showed no alcohol or drugs in Bentley’s system.

Tinsley, 370 Concord Way, was treated for injuries and later released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Police questioned her at the hospital, where she denied drinking and said she was on her way home to Greenwood, the report said.

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