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Posted on: April 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Fatal DUI Crash Leads to Significant Prison Sentence

Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell announced that Arminda Ann Johnson, 48, of Starlight was sentenced by Wayne County President Judge Janine Edwards to not less than 8 years nor more than 16 years for a DUI crash resulting in one death and two very serious injuries. 

The crash occurred on October 23, 2020, on SR370 (Crosstown Highway), Buckingham Township, Wayne County. Ms. Johnson’s vehicle, travelling in the wrong lane, crashed head on into a vehicle being driven by Paul Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins died at the scene and his two passengers, Jeradline Hopkins and Ellery Eldred, were both very seriously injured. Ms. Johnson showed signs of being under the influence of drugs, she failed field sobriety tests and a blood test showed 25 ng/mL of Amphetamine, 193 ng/mL of Methamphetamine, and 34 ng/mL of Morphine (opiates). 

DA Howell stated that the sentence in this case is appropriate. “Methamphetamine is a menace to society. The death and serious injuries inflicted by Ms. Johnson through her use of Methamphetamine was so senseless and so avoidable. Drunk driving and “drugged driving” are a serious problem and law enforcement is focused on combating this problem. Anyone in Wayne County caught manufacturing, selling, using or processing Methamphetamine will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.”

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